Newman Additional Resource (NAR) is a new (May 2014) provision to support young people (ten to nineteen years of age) with significant and complex learning needs. The young people may experience neuro development conditions with social, emotional and communication needs, pervasive developmental disorders, Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC); resulting in high social and emotional vulnerability. The Resource is for young people who cannot access a mainstream provision, when bespoke individual learning/personalised interventions have been exhausted.
Newman Additional Resource, is sited adjacent to Newman Main School and has recently (spring 2014 and summer 2015) undergone extensive refurbishment to provide bespoke facilities. The Resource has an extensive open (grass) space to the front of the building facilitating outdoor activities such as physical education, gardening, practical learning and team building games in a safe and secure environment. Within the Resource there are two sensory rooms, a gymnasium, a catering kitchen, a common room and bespoke teaching and learning areas to meet individual needs within a low sensory environment.
Teaching and learning is supported by a good student to staff ratio, facilitating flexible and responsive learning programmes personalised to young people’s individual needs, strengths and interests. The broad and balanced adapted national curriculum incorporates social, communication, emotional, thinking and problem solving skills.
The Resource Team includes a Teacher in Charge, four full time Teachers, one part-time Teacher, a Teaching Assistant Manager, a Family Support Worker, thirteen Classroom Support Assistants and two Administration Staff. The team works in a positive, collaborative, interdisciplinary way and employ’s a Speech and Language Therapist (1 day per week), Occupational Therapist qualified in Sensory Integration (1/2 day per week), and an Educational Psychologist (1/2 day per fortnight).
A true partnership with families is established from initial consultation, through transition planning into responsive daily support and communication. Reducing the young people’s anxiety, by working with, and supporting families using targeted interventions, social and communication programmes, sensory processing and other recognised therapeutic approaches.
The resource team works holistically with Local Authority Education, Health and Social Care professionals and other organisations/ agencies, to further develop each pupil’s independence and life skills, providing work experience alongside academic qualifications, nationally accredited courses and onward pathways for Post 19 provisions.
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The creative and responsive curriculum includes: English (Literacy), Maths (Numeracy), Science, Humanities, Design and Technology, Art, Childcare, Personal and Social Development, Independent Life Skills, Social Communication, ICT, Physical Education and individual topics based on personal interests/research; For Example, gardening and creative crafts.