Barton Clough Primary School provides specialist support for 20 pupils with Education Health Care Plans (EHCPs). The designation for our two Small Specialist Classes (SSCs) is Social Communication and Complex Learning Difficulties including Autism Spectrum Disorders.
The pupils who attend our SSC provision come from all over Trafford including Stretford, Flixton, Urmston, Partington and Altrincham.
We learn through a rich, full and appropriately focused curriculum that covers similar topics and work to the mainstream classes but where work is presented in a personalised way, with a focus on appropriate pace and support from adults.
Our SSC provision strives to support the social, emotional and communication needs of the children in our provision as well as our pupils’ confidence, independence, concentration and attention skills. We work closely with both parents and a range of professionals who may be involved with supporting our children, such as Speech and Language Therapists, Educational Psychologists, School Nurses and Social Care.
We are so proud to have small specialist classes at our school. We integrate fully with our mainstream peers for break and lunchtimes as well as assemblies, class trips and visits. Where appropriate, some children integrate into the mainstream classes for certain subjects such as History and Science.
Our SSC provides an environment and curriculum that supports the complex and diverse learning needs of all of our pupils. This often means adapting our classrooms and our management approaches as the cohort groups change each year. Our learning environments and curriculum change appropriately, allowing each child to develop their individual skills, work at their own level and reach their full potential in a classroom which is positive and where they feel safe and secure.
We recognise that each child is on their own learning journey and strive to encourage and support each child to make their own personalised steps of progress. We celebrate these daily and have high expectations of learning within each child’s capability.
Our SSC staff have experience with a wide range of complex needs and we strive to always be open to new ideas, advice and support from other relevant professionals.