Through research with health and educational specialists, employers and parents, we have developed teaching and learning methods to help young people with an autism diagnosis develop strategies for life and learning, which in the long term will give the opportunities and skills for successful employment.
We achieve this through assessments at the beginning of each academic year including CAT4 online assessments and Pupil Attitude to Self and School. Along with less formal assessments, this information enables us to set aspirational targets for our students whilst taking account of the impact of their autism on their learning.
We recognise these assessments can be difficult for young people with autism, and so we make sure to take every step necessary to accommodate these challenges.
Each student has a pupil profile which details their individual likes/dislikes/challenges and motivators and incorporates their therapy and medical needs, enabling all staff to have ready access to key information to support the young person. Every student has a planner, which holds the student handbook, their personalised timetable, their calm plan and other key information.
Our focus on well-being, whilst enabling our students to make sense of their experiences and develop strategies for success in all areas of their life, encourages them to broaden their horizons and gain a greater awareness of the world around them and the possibilities available.