A number of special approaches are used when appropriate to support our work with pupils at Manor Mead.
Every pupil has a 'Learning and Communication Passport': this is drafted and agreed with parents in the first term and updated regularly.
It details the child's likes and dislikes, the barriers to their learning and strategies used to minimise these.
A total communication approach is used to support the development of communication such as Signs, Symbols and Objects of Reference . The extent to which each of these is used for each pupil will depend on individual need. The school, parents and the Speech and Language Therapists work together to decide what is best for each child.
Communication strategies are used throughout the school, including Intensive Interaction, Makaton signing, PODD (Pragmatic Organised Dynamic Display) and PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System). We have qualified trainers in Makaton, PODD and Intensive Interaction, who provide training in these areas for all staff. Training is also offered to parents. A significant number of staff have completed the two-day PECS training.
Many staff are trained in the TEACCH approach (Teaching and Education of Autistic Children and Communication Handicapped) which is used where appropriate, particularly in the Rainbow Classes.
The school has a positive behaviour management ethos. All staff are trained to use appropriate behaviour strategies including Positive Touch. Some staff are trained in MAPA (Management of Actual or Potential Aggression); if a child is displaying challenging behaviour which puts the child or other children at risk, trained staff will be called on to intervene. Physical interventions are used as a last resort when other approaches such as distraction have failed. The School has a Physical Interventions Policy which follows national guidelines.
We recognise that every pupil at Manor Mead has different individual needs and we address those needs through their Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP). Agreed targets will address the areas important for that child’s development, usually incorporating Communication & Interaction, Cognition & Learning, Social, Emotional & Mental Health and Sensory & Physical.
Teaching is delivered through a mixture of whole class, small group and individual sessions.