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Brookfield Special Primary School. A Snapshot of Brookfield School. MLD Sep. 2013- 137 pupils 13 Primary classes 2 Nursery classes 2 new classes created Sep. 2013 1 Non-Teaching Principal 1 Teaching (Acting) Vice-Principal- 1 day funded VP release 3 SLT points SALT Counselling

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Brookfield special primary school

Brookfield Special Primary School


A snapshot of brookfield school

A Snapshot of Brookfield School

  • MLD

  • Sep. 2013- 137 pupils

  • 13 Primary classes

  • 2 Nursery classes

  • 2 new classes created Sep. 2013

  • 1 Non-Teaching Principal

  • 1 Teaching (Acting) Vice-Principal- 1 day funded VP release

  • 3 SLT points

  • SALT

  • Counselling

  • O.T.-use a classroom within school

  • Follow N.I. Curriculum & all statutory assessment arrangements


Our experiences

Our Experiences

  • 1996- a ‘typical’ MLD school

  • 2013- complexity of needs

  • ASD (66%)- some classes 100% ASD

  • Speech & Language difficulties (73%)

  • Pupils attending O.T.

  • ADHD/ADD/ODD

  • Tourette's/Prader-Willi Syndrome/Turner Syndrome/OCD

  • Other syndromes

  • Low self-esteem/Emotional needs/Difficult family situations

  • Children with IQ <70 to 101

  • Behaviours exhibited include shouting, hitting, biting, punching, kicking, trashing the room, throwing furniture, attacking staff, stripping, self-harm, running away and verbal profanities.


Pre nurture class

Pre-Nurture Class

  • Group of 4 complex boys who moved into Year 4 in Sep. 2011 & 2 boys in year 5 (& 1 from mainstream)

  • Presented challenges throughout 2011-12

  • Struggled to cope in classes of 12 pupils

  • Reactive rather than proactive

  • Individual needs needed to be addressed for benefit of the boys, peers and staff

  • Positive Discipline

  • Involvement of all staff- especially within KS2

  • Idea ‘bounced off’ other professionals involved

  • Selection/agreement of highly-skilled teacher and support staff

  • Consultation with parents


Nurture class or naughty class

Nurture Class (or Naughty Class?)

  • Positivity- the name of the game!

  • 1. Characterized by or displaying certainty, acceptance, or affirmation

  • 2. Measured or moving forward or in a direction of increase or progress

    Personified by the members of staff in this room


Nurture class of 2012

Nurture Class of 2012

  • 7 boys

  • 2 x dual diagnosis ASD/ADHD, high IQ (1 with severe OCD, 1 with Tourette's)

  • 1 ASD from mainstream school (following staff assault)

  • 1 ASD with 1-to-1 C.A. (non-compliant & staff assault)

  • 1 ASD with deep emotional and anxiety issues

  • 1 ASD with high IQ/highly impulsive

  • 1 with Prader-Willi Syndrome

  • 3 Classroom Assistants- roles clearly defined but interchangeable

  • 2 classrooms and corridor

  • Class structures and schedules-consistency yet flexibility

  • 3 session day clearly defined, 3 x 10 minute reward sessions

  • Work first, then reward

  • 1 trip per month

  • Whole school understanding, agreement and support

  • Parental support


1 year on

1 year on…

Transition

  • 1 pupil peer group class

  • 3 pupils 2nd Nurture Class

  • 2 Pupils other schools (1 to SLD, 1 to mainstream)

  • 2 remained in original Nurture class

    Sep. 2013

  • 2nd Nurture room- slightly different focus but same structure

  • Dissemination of good practice

  • 2 additional classes created in Brookfield


The way forward

The Way Forward…

  • Facility to make a ‘critical response’ to pupils’ needs- £

  • Direct input from Paediatric Psychiatry/Psychology etc.

  • Instant response (e.g. from Health/Social Services/other multi-disciplinary agencies) to requests for support when circumstances deteriorate, especially with regard to emotional and mental well-being (of pupils)

  • Specialised Training for Nurture class staff and then flexibility to up-skill other staff members- £

  • Flexibility to give Nurture Staff ‘respite’ & release time to complete required support documents (Pos. Handling Plans/Restraint forms etc.) and communication with parents- £

  • On-site O.T. and on-site Counselling provision- £

  • Space

  • Flexibility- of resources/structures/approaches

  • Planning for Sep. 2014 (pupils/staff changes/accommodation etc.)


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