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Assessment Evidence on Villa Real School Villa Real School is based on the outskirts of Consett. Consett is a small town with shops, swimming pool and leisure centre. Villa Real is a mixed day school for pupils who have severe or complex and multiple learning difficulties, or autism. It is a purpose built school which was built in September 1999. The school is designed to meet the needs of the children with a wide range of disabilities. The children are aged from two and nineteen years and there is a mix between boys and girls. Every child who has special needs has a statement of Special Educational Needs, which is drawn up by the Local Educational Authority, who ask for reports from parents and a number of professionals including teachers, doctors, speech therapists and educational psychologists to help them to decide upon the best provision to meet each child's educational needs. Occasionally a child may be admitted to school on an assessment place before a Statement of Special Needs is written. Arrangements can be made for very young children to have part-time placements until everyone agrees that they are ready to come to school full time. Pupils are transported to school on special transport arranged by the local authority. When a child is admitted parents are asked to fill in a form, which gives the school information, which could be needed if there is an emergency at school, and also gives permission for certain school activities such as swimming. This form is renewed each year. Parents are also invited to sign the Villa Real School/Home Agreement. Within the school there are currently nine classrooms, a hall, library, soft play room, an interactive multi-sensory room, hydrotherapy pool and specialist rooms for art, design technology, science and food technology. The school also has fully equipped apartment, which is used primarily by the 6th form. Pupils are currently grouped into nine classes. ...read more.


Topics are covered over a four year rolling programme and long term planning is available to ensure progression. Pupils all experience some whole group, small group and individual teaching during each day, dependent upon their age and individual needs. Teaching styles vary but are mainly practical. Emphasis is placed on information and communication technology throughout the curriculum. Pupils use switches to operate equipment and have the opportunity to use computers and other electronic equipment. Personal and Social Education is emphasised throughout the school day, as well as being taught in separate lessons in the senior department. Pupils learn self help skills, how to take turns, to care for one another and how to behave in a variety of situations. At least once a year each pupil has a Statement of Special Needs Education is formally reviewed at a special meeting of parents, teachers and any other profession such as school doctor, social worker or speech therapist. A very detailed report is written and sent to the parents. The report writes about the child's present situation and sets targets for the child in each subject. These targets are used to formulate the child's Individual Education Plan. Parents are welcomed to write about what they think about their child's needs and personal opinions about the school. A number of professionals visit the school to help. These include Speech Therapist, Doctor, Physiotherapist, Social Worker and Education Welfare. A Nurse from the School Health Service can be called on for advice on general medical matters. The school is visited by a specialist teacher for sensory impairment, who works with staff giving advice on methods and equipment which may be useful to pupils. The specialist teacher for the hearing impaired also visits the school. Any member of staff or parent can ask for advice from any of these professionals. First Aid and Medical Treatment For the health and safety of everyone at Villa Real School certain procedures have to be followed. ...read more.


Speech therapists work with the children. They devise a programme to help improve their speech. Speech therapists carry out assessments during the programme to see how the children are progressing. This also helps the children to have more confidence in themselves. The ASDAN Award programmes progress through Bronze, Sliver, Gold and Universities levels, and can also link the into the ASDAN Further Education Award programmes. Each programme is designed to develop, assess and accredit Key Skills, and recognise personal achievements, which can help to build a National Record of Achievement (NRA) or progress file. The Bronze award, the bronze/silver challenge award and the Silver Award can all be achieved however the Gold award and the Universities Award can be achieved at a later stage. The course contains 12 modules each of which is divided into 2 or 3 sections. To gain credits they need to choose sections which will be interesting and/or useful and then complete the challenges required. Each completed section will give 1/4 credit, representing 8hours of work, a full credit will represent about 30 hours of work. Each Award programme contains a choice of challenges which will encourage to become more skilled at: * Improving your own learning and performance * Working with others * Communication In addition challenges and activities may develop skills and provide evidence for the Key Skills Qualification and the individual units: * Problem solving * Application of number * Information technology The skills listed are commonly known as Key Skills. These skills are highly valued by employers and institutions of further and higher education, and will help the student to make the most of employment and training opportunities. The challenges may be completed in school, at home or the community. (Marking and requirements at back) When I visited the school I was with the sixth form students. It was a small class of nine, their disabilities were a wide range from learning disabilities to not being able to walk or talk. In the interest of the students I am basing this case study on I will give them different names to remain confidentiality. ...read more.

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