Cleaswell Hill School offers the specialist skills, resources and accommodation to meet the needs of pupils with a wide range of learning difficulties. The school is staffed to a high level by a well qualified, experienced and committed team of teaching and support staff.
Our well developed School curriculum is constantly evolving and directly linked to the needs of the pupils. All pupils have Pupil Profiles drawn up in consultation with parents and subject to regular termly review.
There a number of learning pathways to school and staff modify their teaching approach accordingly. Staff may draw on the principles of small-steps teaching, with activities broken down into small steps in order to help children to learn and to enable progress to be shown. Structured approaches are also incorporated for some pupils e.g. visual timetables, to promote communication and independence.
We use a range of augmented communication systems to support the development of language and communication. These include; Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Makaton, and hi-tech Communication Aids .
Specialist Resources are available to support teaching and learning in many subject areas, for example, Information and Communication Technology, and Personal, Social and Health Education.
We have a new interactive Sensory Room enabling children to explore the effect of their actions and choices upon the environment.
The school staff regularly attend training to update their knowledge and skills ensuring we continue to meet the needs of our pupils.
Professional Support Services
A number of professionals are linked to the school and support our work in various ways.
The Speech and Language Therapists are expert in the development of communication and language, and work throughout the school both with individual children and alongside school staff, setting learning targets and devising programmes . The Speech and Language Therapists and Assistants offer specialised support with augmented systems of communication and with the development of eating and drinking skills.
A physiotherapist devises programmes with activities to carry out with children in order to maintain and develop physical abilities.
An Occupational Therapist gives advice on specialist equipment to for hygiene, moving and handling, mobility and eating and drinking
A School Nurse is able to offer advice on a range of health related issues.
Social Workers help to ensure that families are supported to meet children’s needs in the home. They can assist with applications for benefits, the provision of respite care, access to specialist equipment, or adaptations in the home.
Educational Psychologists are involved in pupil assessments, particularly for Annual Reviews or re-assessments, but can also advise and support with the management of behaviour and effective teaching approaches.
Hearing and Vision Impairment Teachers come to the school specifically to work with individual children identified as having a sensory impairment. They can advise with aids, resources, individual programmes and the learning environment.