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Each child has their own IEP with learning goals, which might be the ability to sit still for five minutes, to make requests, to select a piece of clothing. Goals can be social and functional (such as dressing yourself) as well as academic, such as reading and writing. Pupils are taught in groups but always with one-to-one tutors for each child working alongside the class teacher. Alongside the academic learning are social interaction and emotional regulation lessons (using Lego therapy and practising turn taking). There are also sessions called ‘attention autism’ ...

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Since 2018, Jon Ascot (40s). Studied geography and sports, and took his PGCE at Exeter in geography and IT. He first worked in mainstream secondary comprehensive schools, but soon moved to special schools and children’s support services. After working at Quadrant Children’s Support Service in West Essex for a year he set up his own education consultancy business and worked in Haringey as a consultant head to a PRU, and then with the Priory Group in Devon, where he had a three year stint as head of Chelfham Bere Alston School for complex learning difficulties and autism.

His special area of interest is strategy and data, and several posts involved advising on alternative provision. He was brought in as a consultant to help this school transform from what was previously Rainbow...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class
HI - Hearing Impairment
Hospital School
Mental health
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
VI - Visual Impairment

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