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Everything taught as kinaesthetically as possible – we saw a paper ball being thrown from teacher to pupil and back while being questioned – to help keep focus, keep energy levels high and pupils on their toes. On our visit we saw very practical wood turning and food technology lessons – skill-based practical activities that suit pupils who have lots to offer, allowing for achievement outside the strictly academic spheres. School achievements include productions in West End theatres as part of competitions (including Shakespeare for Schools). Sport encouraged but it is definitely not a competitive school and sport is ‘more about…

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Headteacher

Since 2013, Miss Clare King (30s). Has only taught at The Moat, where she started as an NQT and received accelerated promotion. Previously director of studies and deputy head.

Academic matters

Small classes (approx 10) and a learning support assistant ensure each child is given attention, especially during the first three years of secondary school. Education is broad - pupils taught lots of communication and study skills alongside literacy and maths. They are weaned off the extra help during the two year GCSE syllabus but by then class sizes get even smaller. Each pupil is issued with a laptop and helped to manage this responsibility by having convenient lockers to store them in between lessons (an example of the practical solutions to problems of organisation for dyslexics).

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Special Education Needs

The Moat is a specialist co-educational day secondary school for the education of SpLD learners. Groups are small, no more than 10 in a class. Learning Support Assistants are linked to full class groups to provide support with literacy, numeracy and organisation. The School makes extensive use of information technology to support learning; all pupils are taught to touch-type and supplied with a fully featured, wireless-enabled laptop to use in lessons and at home. The School has the services of speech and language therapists, an art therapist, an educational psychologist and an occupational therapist. Where necessary 1:1 support is provided for literacy and numeracy. The vast majority of staff have a specialist qualification in the teaching of SpLD learners as well as a degree in their subject specialism plus teaching qualification. All the LSAs are presently undergoing training with the Dyslexia Institute. The approach of The Moat is to have the structure and aspirations of a mainstream school, whilst using the approach of a specialist school. Everything is structured to support the learning and success of the SpLD pupil. Great emphasis is placed on the development of self-confidence and language skills. There is an extensive extra-curricular enrichment programme to help support this. 09-09

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia Y
Dyscalculia
Dysgraphia
Dyslexia
Dyspraxia
English as an additional language (EAL)
Genetic
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
Not Applicable
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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