Sensory & Interactive

This pathway is designed for students with highly complex physical, learning and medical needs working largely at pre entry level. Students will be based in small tutor groups with an emphasis on multi-disciplinary and integrated delivery of the curriculum. There is extensive multi-positional learning, providing opportunities for maintaining and developing the student’s physical skills, posture and mobility. A wide range of therapeutic and educational opportunities are provided through which the student may consolidate and further develop skills. Speech and language therapy, physiotherapy and occupational therapy are embedded into an individual’s programme and are addressed, not just by the specific therapist, but by the whole team supporting the student. Individual targets are set by this multi-disciplinary team, following a detailed assessment process (using the IMPACTs assessment tool) and are celebrated with students through achievement songs and activities.

Students will receive a high level of specialist support where learning will be undertaken in a range of settings to expand the horizons of the student and work holistically on their development, involving sensory and experiential activities. There will be an emphasis on developing intentional communication, using symbols as required and developing the student’s ability to express and understand their own wants and needs as independently as possible. Students will be supported to become as empowered as possible to make decisions about their own life alongside developing a greater understanding of themselves as a person.

Bespoke timetables enable a student’s needs to be met in the most appropriate format. Sessions delivered include, for example, individual tutorial work, communication through music, intensive interaction, community inclusion, interactive literacy, domestic skills, enterprise options, leisure enrichment options, mobility skills and multisensory communication. If appropriate, students may work towards units from the OCR Life and Living suite of qualifications.

Students in this group will normally move onto residential living environments with opportunities to maintain their interests in the community.