Special Education Needs

Peak School is a community school that values each individual student and supports their needs within an inclusive environment. As an IB World school, our practise reflects the IB statement of (August 2010):

‘Inclusion is an ongoing process that aims to increase access and engagement in learning for all students by identifying and removing barriers.’

We recognise that our students have a range of learning needs and as a school, we aim to provide rich learning engagements so that each child maximises their full potential.

Within our inclusive model of provision, we embrace the diversity of our learners and encourage each student to feel confident in their own ability and develop positive approach and relationship with learning journey.

Students who require additional support at Peak School are identified using the ESF Levels of Adjustment 1,2,3 and 4. Within Peak School, these children are supported by the Learning Enhancement Team (LET).

The learning needs of these children are met by identifying the students’ barrier to learning, in accordance with the ESF Dimensions of School:

  •      Thinking and Learning
  •      Social Communication
  •      Emotional Well Being
  •      Motor Communication
  •      Speech and Language
  •      Medical

Following identification, differentiated planning takes place and intervention programmes are provided to enable and extend the learner. Individual Educational Plans are collaboratively written for students identified as Level of Adjustment 2 and above.

The majority of support from the LET is provided within the mainstream but as appropriate individual and small group withdrawal programmes are planned for and delivered across the curriculum in close collaboration with class teachers.

At Peak School, we believe that education should be accessible, fun and challenging for all. Peak School believes that every child is unique, therefore the Learning Enhancement department strives to reinforce this idea by providing a range of differentiated learning experiences. We have a dedicated team which includes; teachers, educational assistants and ELSA’s (Emotional Literacy Support Assistants).

Supporting the holistic needs of the children is important to us, so in partnership with our Peak school families and other professionals we work together to enhance students’ learning and well being; by providing access to an ESF Child Psychologist,  a Speech and Language therapist, an Occupational Therapist, and  St John’s counselling.

At Peak school, we maintain detailed and up to date records of all students on our Individual Needs register, so that each student can experience a smooth transition through school and between schools.

In line with ESF’s vision, our aim is ‘for every student to be the best that they can be’.

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