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Every class has 15 minutes a day of DEAR (Drop Everything And Read) where children listen to stories or read for themselves, everything from novels to tractor and Minecraft magazines. There's also 15 minutes of SUM (Stop Use Maths) which might cover games or matchstick geometry. Recently they enjoyed a match against a police team and also won a local schools tournament. One student is on a contract with Stoke City after being spotted by ...

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Since 2021, Ms Deb Jackson


Children come from all over England. The process starts with a referral document which looks at risks, past history, why the child needs to move and behaviour, for example if the child is a fire starter. There will be a diagnosis, assessment and a chance for the child and family or social worker to visit and see if The Roaches will be a good fit for the child. The bottom line is: 'Can we work with this child?' The whole process can be completed within a few days, although they like longer, but sometimes the child is about to be taken from the family and so there will be an urgent need for care and education.

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Special Education Needs

Roaches is an independent school, part of Care Today, providing for pupils from seven to sixteen years who have social, emotional and behavioural difficulties. The school is on a split site with lower and upper schools and a vocational unit. Residential care for upto 52 weeks is provided.

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder
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 Y
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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