Hedgewood School is for pupils with complex learning difficulties and Autism. Most pupils have language and communication difficulties and some are pre-verbal or non-verbal communicators. Pupils are taught in small groups and many require individual teaching. Our school is an educational environment employing a multiplicity of communication modes. These enhance the communication skills and learning opportunities for all of our pupils, helping them to access all aspects of both academic and social experience. Each classroom employs TEACCH principles, structures and learning approaches. These establish clear learning routines and systems of work.
Our school is a multi-disciplinary environment offering a holistic approach to pupils’ education; therapists are an integral part of this process. The strength of this is demonstrated in the high quality relationships between staff, pupils, parents, therapists and other support agencies but particularly in the appropriateness of the curriculum for each individual pupil.
Our pupils enjoy their learning experiences and make good progress, this is because our curriculum goes far beyond the requirements of the national curriculum. Our aim in curriculum design is for learning experiences to be richly imaginative, creative and exciting. Educational tasks are planned to be inspiring, challenging and fun. As a specialist school for Communication and Interaction the development of communication skills are at the core of all that we do. Teachers and speech and language therapists plan and work collaboratively bringing the two disciplines together in new and innovative ways. This has a powerful impact on the development of communication skills, Pupil Voice, and the development of personal autonomy.
For more information about TEACCH principles, structures and learning approaches, please click here.