Learning at Perseid is personalised for each pupil.
Educational programmes are tailored to address the specific needs of each pupil, ensuring capabilities and targets are met within small class groups with high levels of staff support.
In this way, we ensure that the progress, attainment an development of independent young people is encouraged and celebrated.
Communication is at the centre of our provision at Perseid. In order to support the development of pupils' communication skills, augmentative communication strategies including Picture Exchange Communications System (PECS), Intensive Interaction, Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display (PODD) and Signalong are used where relevant, complemented by alternative communication systems such as iPads and Eye Gaze technology.
From the earliest starting point, pupils are taught appropriate self-help skills, with an emphasis on communication and mental health wellbeing so that pupils learn to interact and contribute positively to groups, and within the local community.
Our curriculum advocates a positive lifestyle; healthy eating and daily exercise programmes and our facilities ensure our pupil have excellent opportunities to be active.
Ensuring pupils' wellbeing is fundamental to our provision and Thrive wellbeing pans and behaviour support programmes (BSPs) are used where applicable. The school works within the PROACT SCIPr-UK (Positive Range of Options to Avoid Crisis and Use Therapy/Strategies of Crisis Intervention and Prevention) and Thrive Framework in order to ensure high standards of intervention and support. The PROACT SCIPr-UK programme is accredited by the British Institute of Learning Disabilities and focuses on positive approaches and proactive responses to behaviour support needs.
Arts play an essential role at Perseid; supporting self-expression, communication, appreciation and community access. All pupils swim weekly in our onsite hydrotherapy pools.
'The lived daily experience of young people in and out of the classroom'' - Dylan William
Our curriculum is designed with the needs and interests of our pupils at its heart. This means that pupils' communication skills and the approaches the school adopts to support the development of communication, are of fundamental importance. Linked to this is the importance of a holistic offer that integrates education and therapy targets into a deeply personalised individual learning plan, reflecting where appropriate, pupils’ mental health and well-being needs and their aspirations, particularly in the areas of PSHE, Learning Outside the Classroom and Expressive Arts. We embrace our community diversity and place strong emphasis on pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
Our curriculum recognises that our pupils often learn best when they are practically engaged in experiential learning. Our curriculum vision is informed by all stakeholders in our school, including our pupils, who are invited to contribute to annual school development planning, and through our EHCP reviews and evaluations of pupil learning.
In our setting, the broad and balanced curriculum includes:
- The core kills of literacy and numeracy (linking with SALT outcomes for speaking and listening)
- PE and Movement (linking with physiotherapy and occupational therapy outcomes)
- Expressive Arts
- LOTC (Learning Outside the Classroom)
- The Foundation subjects of Geography, History, Technology, RE and Computing which are delivered at KS1, 2 and 3 via ‘Creative Curriculum’ planning.
We use the EYFS, National Curriculum and Exam Board programmes of study as the basis for content and expectations for our academic curriculum.
Each Key Stage follows a curriculum map which sets out what must be covered during the Key Stage. Schemes of work are drafted in accordance with the curriculum maps, reflecting the needs and interests of the particular group of pupils. Alongside these, our pedagogy reflects our intent to provide deeply personalised learning and includes our pathway provision, our Rights Respecting approach, our Expressive Arts offer, our PE offer, our playtime and lunchtime arrangements, our therapy and healthcare provision.
In order to quality assure our curriculum, we have trained teachers as instructors in our key approaches and engage consultants and specialists on an annual basis in the area of PECS, Intensive Interaction, Attention Autism, Positive Behaviour Support and the MOVE curriculum, to review and challenge our offer. We keep our ASD provision under close review through the NAS accreditation programme.
The impact of our curriculum on pupils’ achievement is measured through their academic achievement and the achievement of their EHCP outcomes.