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Using Person Centred Planning across the school

Using Person Centred Planning across the school

Person Centred Planning is at the heart of reviewing pupil progress at Crownbridge Special Day School, Torfaen. This model has transformed their learner review process and includes information from the pupils, parents and a range of partners. Crucially, this approach has improved pupil performance. Read more >

Helping pupils achieve qualifications

Helping pupils achieve qualifications

St Christopher’s Special School, Wrexham, has developed a 14-19 years option programme to help pupils to gain a range of qualifications. Teachers assess pupils to identify their strengths and areas that need improving. Pupils are helped to choose the best options that will help them gain the qualifications they need for the next stage of their learning. Read more >

Improving skills for young people with learning difficulties

Improving skills for young people with learning difficulties

Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre in Caerphilly has been integral in supporting 14-19 year olds with severe learning difficulties who are moving from full-time education to employment. Working under the ‘Real Opportunities’ programme, in partnership with nine local authorities in South Wales, young people can improve their skills and raise their aspirations through a range of accredited courses covering personal, social and practical aspects of the transition. Read more >

Partnerships pay off for pupils with special educational needs

Partnerships pay off for pupils with special educational needs

Portfield Special School in Pembrokeshire work effectively with nearby secondary schools and colleges to increase inclusion and widen the range of subjects available to their pupils. Pupils from Portfield can also share lessons and break times with mainstream peers. Pupils’ social development has improved as well as their academic achievement. Read more >

Technology plays a significant role in helping pupils to achieve their potential

Technology plays a significant role in helping pupils to achieve their potential

Tŷ Gwyn Special School, Cardiff, has invested in new information and communication technology to help improve pupils’ communication skills and break down barriers to learning. Read more >

Leading the way online

Leading the way online

Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, Flintshire, has invested in the latest technology to improve teaching and learning and equip students with the skills they will need in the future, whilst ensuring their online safety. Staff use a particular software tool that improves the quality of teaching and learning in Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and across the curriculum. It has contributed to a more student-centred learning approach and promoted greater independence across the school. Read more >

A philosophy of inclusion

A philosophy of inclusion

Ysgol Maes Hyfryd, Flintshire, has a clear philosophy that every student has the right to have his or her individual needs met. Although pupils have a wide range of special educational needs, the school took advantage of the amalgamation of three special schools to develop an inclusion programme that offers distinct and appropriate individual pathways. These pathways enable around half of the pupils to attend mainstream classes, developing their skills, confidence and independence and to follow accredited courses. Read more >

INSPIRING school council: making change happen

Inspiring school council: making change happen

The school council of a special school in Pembrokeshire took up the challenge to get the local authority to adapt the roads near the school to ensure students using wheelchairs had safe, easy access to the local supermarket. Read more >

Managing behaviour

Managing behaviour

Heronsbridge School, Bridgend, has introduced a behaviour management programme to help improve pupil communication and independence. Staff received training to ensure a consistent approach across the school and the method of recording incidents was improved. As a result, pupils are able to receive personal support plans and the number of behavioural issues has decreased. Read more >