Perseid School

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The curriculum content for the Perseid School is highly personalised for each pupil and is available from the school office.

The curriculum at Perseid School is adapted from the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum, the National Curriculum and the Foundation Learning Framework, to provide for the academic and personal development of pupils with complex learning difficulties.

From the earliest years, pupils are taught with a programme designed to meet their needs, derived from the full curriculum. Every child has a Key Learning Target Plan which identifies their learning priorities and specialist teaching strategies. Throughout the school, key emphasis is placed on communication skills.

At the heart of the curriculum is the development of functional independence. From the earliest years onwards, pupils are taught appropriate self-help skills with an emphasis on the necessary communication and behaviour to work and play happily with others in a group and, as pupils get older, in community activities.

The Arts (drama, dance, music and art) play an important role in supporting self expression, appreciation and community access.

Communication is central to our approach and staff are skilled in using a wide range of communication methods including PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System), Intensive Interaction, Signalong, use of SGDs (Speech Generating Devices) and related approaches such as Sensory Integration and TEACCH (University of North Carolina Autism Programme: Teaching, Expanding, Collaborating, Co-operating and Holistic).

Behaviour support programmes are used where relevant, and the school works within the PROACT-SCIPrUK framework (Positive Range of Options to Avoid Crisis and Use Therapies, Strategies for Crisis Intervention and Prevention). This is a training programme accredited by BILD (British Institute of Learning Disabilities) which focuses on positive approaches and proactive responses to behaviour support. Our team of teachers and classroom support staff is enhanced by our therapy and healthcare team. Our approach is one of partnership, working together to integrate therapy targets and healthcare within our learning programmes, in line with our belief in a holistic approach to learning. Our pupils benefit from physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech and language therapy, the nursing team, educational psychologists and designated teachers for children with visual and hearing impairments. Hydrotherapy, social skills groups, wheelchair clinics, orthotics clinics and medicals are all available at the school. Our specialist music and dance teachers and swimming instructors further enhance our provision.

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The school uses systematic synthetic phonics teaching based on the Letters and Sounds programme and Jolly Phonics.  The Oxford Reading Tree scheme is used in the Lower School.  The Upper School use the Dockside Reading Scheme.

“Assessment information is used very effectively across the school. Teachers, support staff and therapists work together to ensure that pupils' targets are meaningful and take account of all identified needs” - OFSTED December 2015