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Pupils arrive with bruised confidence and a feeling of failure, so finding alternative ways of teaching so they can learn to read and write fluently is a priority. Trips to theatre for plays and musicals popular with parents and children alike who see it as 'connecting learning with something they can see for themselves'. The atmosphere is very intimate, with each child knowing every other and staff all working together, giving a hand with washing up and making costumes...

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Since 2012, Denise Drinkwater MSc OCR Cert SPLD, married with three grown up sons. She started the school with just a handful of pupils and works with passion and zeal, inspiring pupils and staff. Originally a maths lecturer at North London University after a degree at UCL, she stopped working full time in order to look after her three sons. She started teaching one-on-one in various schools ending up with some 30 individual pupils. She also gave training sessions as a consultant special needs teacher and realised that rather than race around teaching and training, she should open a school and run both training courses and teaching from there. She has no teaching qualification but is taking an MA in inclusive and special education to consolidate her understanding further. Her enthusiasm and drive keep...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
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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