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Our Teaching Methods
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Staff Ratio
Our Teaching methods. Our Place Achools
Gentle Teaching Style
Celebrating Achievement
Curriculum Policy
The School Year
Leaving Education

Staff Ratio

Staffing will be on a ratio of 1 young person to 1.5 staff or higher dependent upon the activity. Methods used include Free Flow, interactive learning programmes, Intensive Interaction, Sensory Integration, Social Skills Training, PECs, Total Communication, Makaton, TEEACH as well as more traditional methods.

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Gentle Teaching Style

Gentle Teaching often starts in one-to-one contact between the child and one of their teachers, teaching assistants or support workers. It is important that the child learns eventually to feel safe with the other children he/she lives or works with.

Learning for our children is a waking activity. The tools of gentle teaching are always carried with us. They are our hands and touch, eyes and gaze, speech and words and staff presence. We develop new values which are congruent with the principles of the psychology of interdependence. A child isn't to be judged for what he/she does, but valued for who he/she is. Everybody needs to feel safe, cherished for themselves with an understanding of how they are connected to others. We believe trust is more important than obedience; interdependence is more important than independence.

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Celebrating Achievement

At Our Place pupils are taught to recognise and reflect on their own progress and achievements and to help plan the next 'step' in their learning. Staff use a combination of praise, encouragement and positive reinforcement to instil a sense of pride and self-worth and to actively promote motivation for learning.
Pupils' achievements are recognised by all and publicly acknowledged with frequent opportunities to celebrate success. Incentive/reward schemes are used as appropriate to individual pupils.

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Curriculum Policy

All pupils at Our Place are offered choices and opportunities within the context of a relevant and fulfilling education. We constantly strive to make learning accessible, meaningful and transferable to all aspects of our pupils' lives, enabling them to help shape their own futures and achieve their full potential. It is our philosophy that we teach the way each young person learns. All young people at 16 years take a QCF qualification in Personal and social Development/Life Skills, selecting units which will enable them to develop independence skills relevant to their adult lives.

At Our Place, we are fully aware that learning is an on-going process and that good education is not confined to the classroom. We believe in the development of the "hidden" curriculum; at all times and in a variety of situations, staff promote and foster the development of trust, co-operation, self-esteem, confidence and motivation through our fully integrated approach to education and care.

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The School Year

The school year runs with a four week summer break, extending the autumn and summer half term breaks to two weeks each. The intention is to facilitate family holidays whilst shortening the terms to more acceptable levels for children and young people with learning disabilities.

However, the breaks still have a consistent structure and activities for the children and young people to enjoy.

All family birthdays are recognised so that the children and young people keep up to date with their family. We also make sure that the children and young people have a birthday celebration that suits their personal preferences, for example, a meal out and the swimming pool or a party and disco.

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Leaving Education

Children with Statements of Educational Need/Education Health care Plans are entitled to remain in full time education until the end of the school year in which they are 19. The decision as to when it is most appropriate for a child or young person to leave is made through the review process. Children may also leave when their need for the intensive support offered by Our Place is no longer required. Transition planning starts in the academic year in which a child or young person is fourteen (usually Year 9). At this time, social services departments become involved in identifying the type of provision the young person will require. Adult Services become responsible following the 18th birthday of the child.

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Our Place Schools
The Orchard
Bransford, Worcester
WR6 5JE

Tel. 01886 833378
Email. admin@ourplaceschools.com
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