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Education

Options Barton offers a DfE-registered independent day special school offering an adapted and differentiated national curriculum for Key Stage 2, 3 and 4 pupils, and a vocational-based curriculum in our sixth form for post-16 students. Education is delivered via the main school and also The Bridge @ Barton, a specialist unit for children and young people aged 8 to 19 years with high functioning autism and Asperger’s Syndrome.

The teaching frameworks at Options Barton have been specifically designed for children and young people with special educational needs and follow an autism specific approach. Children are assessed against National Curriculum levels and the Pre National Curriculum Scale (P Levels). The students can gain accreditation through a range of qualifications such as ASDAN. Some students will access courses through local colleges and learning providers, and some will attend work experience in the community. Class sizes range from individual tuition to small groups of up to 5.

We use a wide range of approaches, which are individually adapted to the needs of each student, placing particular emphasis on supporting the development of communication skills with visual strategies and high and low tech communication aids. Generally, these approaches emphasise the need for structure while considering environmental and sensory factors, with the aim of minimising anxiety and distraction.

Each student’s unique programme takes into account their particular strengths, emerging talents and individual learning style. Because of our holistic approach to care and education, and the consistency of our approach both in and out of school, learning takes place throughout the waking day – not just in the classroom

Behaviour support programmes are delivered alongside the students’ Individual Education Plans (IEP); these programmes encompass the individual behaviour support strategies and targets. The students’ key workers, teachers, therapists and families are invited to contribute to these at strategy meetings.

 

“There is a mutual and deep respect between pupils and staff, and this is evident across all aspects of the school day. These relationships build pupils’ confidence and self-esteem as they know that staff are always there to support them.”

(Ofsted School Report 2019)

“Respectful and positive relationships between adults and pupils are a great strength across the school. Staff are very skilled at helping pupils to make the right choices about their behaviour.”

(Ofsted School Report 2019)

“The curriculum is taught in a variety of creative ways, honing in on and tailored to the strengths and weaknesses of each individual child.”

(Parent)

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