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Chapel Green School

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Teaching and Learning

We are committed to provide the best possible education for all our pupils.

We aim for every child to have fun and enjoyment when they learn; this will ensure that they learn very well and make the best possible progress.

Our Policy for Teaching and Learning can be found in the Policies section
Specialist Resources

Our Policy for Teaching and Learning can be found in the Policies section
Specialist Resources.

The school has 3 sensory rooms. These offer the pupils the opportunity to learn about cause and effect, experience a wide range of sensory stimuli and the space to interact with others in a calm, relaxed atmosphere.

The hydrotherapy pool is an ideal place to learn to relax in water, engage in gentle exercise and to learn to swim. We try to keep the water at 34 degrees centigrade. An electric hoist facilitates access for those unable to use steps.

Our Food Technology Room offers all pupils the opportunity to engage in this subject. It has enough space and equipment to enable whole class teaching.

Speech Therapy:

Is provided by the East Coast Community Heathcare.

The therapist supports the teaching in school. Staff follow therapy programmes and guidance to ensure consistency for our pupils. The school follows the Total Communication approach and uses sign language (Signalong), symbols and other communication aids to assist pupil’s communication. The school actively promotes the use of PECS across all areas of learning and is using the strategies promoted in

TEACCH to assist pupils on the Autistic Spectrum.

Our Communications Team liaises closely with the Speech and Language Therapist from the local health service. In addition our Resources Assistant works across the school producing resources, implanting SLT plans, and supporting any pupil where help with communication has been requested.

Medical Support:

  • School Nurse - Emma Frederick, Community Nurse.
  • Speech and Language Therapist - Julie Pass
  • School Based Medical - Clinical Assistant - Rachel McGuire
  • Physiotherapy - Regular sessions in school by qualified professionals
  • Occupational Therapy - Staff from Norfolk and Norwich And Sensory Support
  • Occupational Therapy Children Services - Becky Chamberlain (OT) and Olivia Smith (Physio) and Kim Owen (Sensory Support)
  • Educational Audiologist - Elizabeth Reed-Beadle and Nicola Bruhin

The school employs a medical-clinical assistant, who work closely with the visiting school nurse to provide specific clinical care and medical support to the pupils with the highest needs.

Three Personal Care Assistants are employed to help with the personal care of pupils. They work closely with the class teams during the busiest times for changing and toileting.
Our Family Support Worker carries out this role for one a day a week. She is available to assist families in a variety of ways.

Social and Emotional Support

Personal Social and Health Education:

(PSHE) Is taught as an integral part of the school curriculum and forms part of the pupils’ school day.

We include the Social Emotional Aspects of Learning (SEAL) Curriculum to support pupils’ learning and social and emotional development. In the primary department PSHE is taught through circle time and many aspects of citizenship are covered in age appropriate assemblies.

In the secondary department (KS3 – Post 16), this is taught as a separate subject and will include the teaching of sex education. The Sex Education Policy has been formulated as part of a joint Parent, Governor and Staff programme and aims to prepare our pupils for the changes they will undergo during puberty.

Students will learn about dealing with relationships, health and hygiene and appropriate behaviour, to prepare them for life after school. Parents have the right to withdraw their child from sex education lessons and are welcome to discuss any issues or concerns regarding this aspect of the curriculum with the class teacher, Deputy Head or Headteacher.

We aim for our pupils to become confident and independent communicators who enjoy learning. We want pupils to become independent and purposeful citizens when they become adults.
Spiritual and Moral Education: Forms a part of the school’s daily curriculum. Pupils follow a clear code of conduct (‘the school rules’) and the school’s policy for managing challenging behaviour underpins this practice.

Medical Care:

 Our school’s community nursing team based in Norwich liaise with the parents, staff in school and the child’s paediatrician to ensure that all our pupils are medically cared for.

All staff in school have received basic first aid training and pupils with medical needs all have a detailed care plan, which stipulates specific treatment and medical procedures. The school employs a medical-clinical assistant, who works closely with the school nurse to provide specific clinical care and medical support to the pupils with the highest needs.

Pastoral Care:

All pupils are cared for by the staff team in class, as they are responsible for their pupil’s personal development, safety and welfare. Staff are supported in dealing with any pastoral issues by the safeguarding team and the leadership team.

Citizenship:

Is taught as a discreet subject within the secondary department.

The curriculum is designed to give pupils the knowledge, skills and understanding to enable them, as far as possible, to play an effective role in society.

Practical aspects of citizenship are included in the primary department where relevant; especially in PSHE and as part of circle time and collective worship. Citizenship will incorporate global issues, current affairs and a wide range of national issues. The school has set up its own school council representing all pupils in school.

Off Site Provision

The school has a long history of using offsite facilities to enhance the curriculum and facilitate social inclusion.

Examples of offsite provision include:
  •  A group of KS2 pupils attending Old Buckenham Primary School every Tuesday. They are accompanied by a teacher and a TA.
  • Old Buckenham High School has worked with us in Food Technology for nearly 30 years. Once a week our KS3 group visits OBHS to use their Food Technology Room. OBHS provides staff and a group of Year 10 students to help.
  •  The school shop was opened in 2014. We see this as another classroom where our students can learn a variety of work related skills. The shop is situated close to the centre of Attleborough.
  •  Our sports facilities are limited, so our older students use the Sports Park at the University of East Anglia for activities such as, basketball, volleyball, tennis, athletics, etc.
  •  The local shops, post office, library, churches and railway station are all frequently used to support pupil learning.
    The school has three minibuses that are used solely for the purpose of educational visits.