At Delamere pupils who are under the umbrella of independent Learners have either moderate or severe learning difficulties and may have a range of additional needs, including;
Pupils are taught in groups that reflect their chronological age and their learning style.
At Delamere School, we recognise that our pupils within the Independent Learners Department require access to a specific learning style. Our intent is to:
Pupils who are under the umbrella of Independent Learners require varying levels of adult support to help them access their learning and make progress. At Delamere our Independent Learners are accessing their learning between P4 and Delamere Step 3.
Underpinning all teaching and learning is an emphasis on the development of Communication and on the development of core skills including
*Phonics is streamed on a daily basis across the department (with some children from the Structured Learners). The children are grouped according to their phonics/pre-phonics level.
In addition, our broad and balanced curriculum also includes access to high quality provision in;
Lessons are differentiated to meet the needs of all children. All teachers are aware of the importance of repetition and challenge
Teachers use 5 key strategies to provide challenge;
All teachers are aware of the EEF recommendations around best practice for children with special needs in mainstream settings as some of the advice is equally relevant in a special school setting;
At Delamere school it is recognised that our pupils will have specific needs and requirements that must be addressed. Personalised approaches may include:
All pupils at Delamere will have a functional communication system [pupil voice]. All children will be supported to develop their personalised method of communication making at least good or Outstanding progress from their individual starting point. A wide range of communication strategies are used to support children at Delamere in the Independent Learners Department. All strategies are personalised to individual pupils needs. These include
Communication is streamed across the department on a weekly basis and the children will be grouped and taught to their blank level assessment needs.
Children are given the opportunity to access the wider community which helps enhance the children’s learning opportunities. The children are able to transfer skills taught in school into wider contexts for example, handling money in shops, road safety and communicating in varies settings.
At Delamere, as well as teaching our children to develop their learning, we also offer support to families in a variety of ways. CLICK HERE to see what our parents say.