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Statements And IEPs

Teaching and Learning

  • High staff ratio
  • Small classes
  • Visual Timetables
  • Educational Psychology Support
  • Occupational Therapy
  • A calm learning environment
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • 'Workstations'

The learning environment is different in the unit classes because children with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) and Autistic Spectrum Disorder (ASD) learn in a different way. Our specialist teachers are trained to ensure children with SLD and ASD reach their potential. A variety of teaching and learning strategies is used to help meet the needs of each pupil, drawing from a range of different approaches.


  • Dinner times
  • Music
  • Science lessons, literacy, maths, art and design lessons
  • Fun days and events
  • Trips
  • PE lessons
  • Assemblies

Reporting to Parents

Daily contact with parents is kept through home school diaries and, if relevant, through telephone calls. Teachers report on pupils’ progress through end of term curriculum progress summaries and termly evaluation of Individual Education Plans.  Each pupil has an Annual Review, which is a statutory requirement. Parents and professionals involved with the pupil are invited to discuss the progress of the pupil and ways forward.

Outside Agency Support

A speech and language therapist visits each unit class regularly to assess progress and work with the class teacher to set new objectives.  The occupational therapist visits each unit class every week and works with staff to train them on the delivery of OT programmes as well as to assess progress and set new programmes.  The Educational Psychologist liaises with the SENCO and the unit leader during the SENplan meeting and assesses pupils as necessary, particularly around times of transition or where there has been a significant change in a pupil.

Occupational Therapy Room

Additionally, the unit classes have an occupational therapy room which is attached to the junior unit class.  This has a beam from which specialist equipment can be hung.  The occupational therapy room is used to deliver programmes which support the pupils in developing appropriate arousal levels so that they are ready to learn.