Specialist Schools and Colleges

More than 1000 SEND school places created as plans for 131 new schools are approved

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Almost two thousand school places for children with special educational needs and disabilities will be created as plans for a wave of new schools are approved. 

Plans for 131 new schools have been approved by the Department for Education today, creating more than 69,000 school places up and down the country. 

The majority of these schools will become free schools, which can be run by parents, community or faith groups, but plans also provide for SEND students. 

Twenty local authority areas have been approved to create a new special school through the free school process, creating a total of 1,700 school places for pupils with special educational needs and disabilities. 

Improving quality at Wyre Forest School

Wyre Forest School

Wyre Forest School in Kidderminster, is a special school with 250 students from early years to sixth form, and 183 members of staff. The school prides itself on working tirelessly to meet the needs of all the children so they develop and progress academically, socially, emotionally and physically. As part of this, assuring the quality teaching is essential, but with so many staff members, how are they ensuring that everyone is working towards their goals, both individually and as a school?

Here, headteacher Rebecca Garratt discusses the school’s journey towards improvement, ensuring that their pupils have the best possible education.

Pupils’ artwork to grace walls of prestigious gallery

One of the winning entries from The-Grange School's art competition for World Autism Awareness Week

Manchester Art Gallery to host World Autism Awareness Week exhibition

A school which serves Manchester’s autistic community and their families has joined forces with Manchester Art Gallery to launch an art competition culminating in an exclusive exhibition to mark World Autism Awareness Week (27 March – 2 April). 

The competition was organised by Gorton-based Grange School, and received more than 100 entries from pupils, parents and school staff across Manchester living with autism. Judges are selecting 12 winners who will have their work exhibited in the prestigious gallery.  

Inscape students hosting #BIGBLUEBAKE in celebration of world autism awareness week

Pupils baking

InCafe is hosting a Big Blue Bake to mark this year’s World Autism Awareness Week.

Pupils and staff are inviting the public to join them for afternoon tea with a difference offering guests a selection of blue cupcakes, sponges and cake pops.

The café situated inside Inscape House School, a specialist school for young people with autism spectrum condition, provides pupils with the opportunity to gain essential employability skills.

Students who work at InCafe not only learn culinary skills, but also time keeping, numeracy, problem solving, teamwork and the opportunity to interact with customers.

Headteacher Anne Price said: “Blue is recognised as the international colour to promote autism awareness.

Inscape student stands as youth parliamentary candidate for Stockport

Beth Smith

Inscape student Beth Smith is standing as a candidate for youth parliament to give a voice to young people in Stockport.

Inscape is a specialist school catering for children and young people aged from five to 19 with autism spectrum conditions and related social communication difficulties.

Beth, 17, will be campaigning to create more awareness of mental health and the issues that can affect young people, positive body image and LGBT equality.

She is also supporting the youth parliament’s campaign to reduce the vote to 16 and create a curriculum for life, equipping young people with the skills for life outside the classroom.

She has been attending youth council meetings for the past six months, but it will be her first time standing for a seat.

Ashcroft school receives generous donation

The Together Trust’s Ashcroft School has received a generous £70,000 donation from the Hillcrest Grammar Educational Trust.

The funds will be used by the specialist school in Cheadle to support children and young people who have struggled to cope in other settings due to their individual barriers to learning or complex emotional needs including ADHD, ASC and brain injuries.

Eileen Sheerin, Head Teacher at Ashcroft School, said: “We are hugely grateful to Hillcrest for this substantial donation, the money will go toward the refurbishment of our Nurture Group and will allow us to send some of our young people to France as part of a history project.”

RNIB schools, college and residences

Eshan

Eshan's Story

Meet Hardeep and his 9 year old son Eshan in RNIB's new film introducing its specialist schools and residences for children and young people with vision impairment, complex needs and additional disabilities.

Hear Hardeep's own experience about how RNIB's education, care and therapies have helped his son who attended RNIB Sunshine House in North London and is now living and learning at RNIB Pears Centre in Coventry.

Ginny Tyler, Head of Children's Health and Care Services at RNIB, also features in the film talking about the individually-tailored support we offer.

A place where every voice is heard and celebrated

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St John’s Catholic School for the Deaf is a school where spoken language is used across every department and where every young person communicates equally and successfully with others. St John’s is a specialist school for sensory and communication needs where skilled staff help students to develop a love of learning, and to achieve their best.

The school provides an optimum listening environment through small teaching groups and sound fieldtechnology in acoustically treated classrooms.

Barriers to learning are removed by specialist teaching staff who are qualified teachers of hearing and multi-sensory impairment as well as specialist speech and language therapists who provide 1:1 sessions and group therapy.

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Astley Village autism specific school rated 'outstanding' across the board

Oliver house school

A school in Astley Village, Lancashire, for young people with autism, has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the education regulator, Ofsted.

In its report, following an inspection last month, Ofsted praised Oliver House School for: enabling pupils to “make outstanding progress”; “promoting personal, social and cultural development extremely well”; having “extremely strong” links with parents;and having a “passionate” school principal in post.

The school was rated “Outstanding” overall and for all areas inspected, including in “effectiveness of leadership and management”, “quality of teaching, learning and assessment” and its “sixth form provision”.

Local school scoops £1,000 with futuristic creation

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Whist it may appear that ‘Pokemon Go’ is taking over the world, youngsters at Castle School have created their very own futuristic friends that are set to challenge the latest craze.

Recently, local business Mick George Ltd in its drive to educate children on recycling, set youngsters in schools throughout its operating areas of Peterborough, Cambridge, Northampton and Boston the task of producing a ‘Recycle.Bot’ out of recyclable materials. They were asked to provide a name for their Robot and also details of any superpowers it posses to help the environment.