The primary aim of education is to provide each young person with a broad and balanced curriculum that is relevant to their individual needs.
We use ASDAN as the main focus of curriculum delivery.
From their Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care plan each student receives an individualised education plan which is developed in
consultation with parents, carers and professionals. This is reviewed once a term with a full education review once a year.
To enable students to access their education we have developed a strong behavioural management programmeusing the expertise of our Consultant Psychologist.
This allows staff to develop risk assessment and behaviour management plan in order to reduce the frequency and the severity of students challenging behaviour. These plans are frequently reviewed.
We have an interdisciplinary team consisting of highly skilled and experienced of Teachers, classroom support staff and care staff. We have high level of staffing both in the classroom and in the homes so students feel supported at all times of the day and night. All of our staff receive induction, ongoing training and regular supervision. To ensure that staff have the necessary qualification they are supported to achieve the Level 3 Diploma in Health and Social Care (Children and Young People) within three years of taking up their post. All care staff are registered with the Care Council Wales, as required by the Regulations in Wales.
We have a number of experts who support our students and staff:
Consultant Clinical Psychologist Professor F.C. Mace who
visits the school throughout the year and provides a 24 hour on call service. His main role is carry out the functional
behaviour assessments and develops behaviour management plans for students as well as advising staff on how to support
students through their plans.
Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist visits the school once a month and provides a 24 hour on call service. He ensures all the mental health needs of our students and that all prescriptions are reviewed regularly.
Consultant Chartered Educational Psychologist visits the school every half term.
Consultant Speech and Language Therapist visits the school to work with students or staff once a fortnight.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and Counselling is delivered by our in house therapist. The weekly sessions focus on
staying safe, understanding public and private behaviour,
respecting personal space and relationships. The therapist uses a variety of interventions including painting, drawing and sharing stories.
Sex Education is delivered weekly for students who
parents/carers/social workers permit their child to take part.
Lessons are taught by the JIWSI project who are a specialist provider of sex education for children with learning
disabilities and are part of the family planning association.