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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 >

ICT creates new learning experiences for pupils with SEN

ICT creates new learning experiences for pupils with SEN

Trinity Fields School and Resource Centre in Caerphilly uses gesture-based technology to help improve the independence, communication and interaction range of pupils with special educational needs. Following a review they introduced technology such as an interactive floor projector to allow pupils with complex needs to interact meaningfully with the environment. Pupils now rely less on others to provide their learning experiences. Read more >

Creating the culture for achievement

Creating the culture for achievement

Over the past six years, Headlands School in the Vale of Glamorgan has extended pupils’ opportunities and increased overall attainment. Through nurturing social and emotional skills in the classroom, strong partnerships with local schools and engaging with pupils’ aspirations a positive culture has been established in the school. Academic achievement is celebrated and is powerful motivator which has led to positive outcomes for the school. 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 >

A safe and secure environment helps pupils flourish

A safe and secure environment helps pupils flourish

At Ysgol Maes Dyfan, pupils benefit from one-to-one sessions with a Learning Coach which have boosted their communications skills, raised their confidence and increased self-awareness. 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 >

The power of one voice. One pupil really can make a difference!

The power of one voice. One pupil really can make a difference!

A Flintshire primary school pupil who uses a wheelchair gave his school a list of recommendations for changes to the school and its grounds to provide safer access for wheelchair users. Read more >

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