The Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) department consists of two classes of children with complex medical and learning needs. Hedgehogs class for children 5 – 11 years and Senior 4 class for 11-19 years. Our staff are highly trained in attending to the students’ personal and medical needs.
The department follows a pupil-centred developmental Curriculum (CLDD curriculum) and is divided into five programmes of learning:
- Communication and language
- Social and emotional
- Cognition and thinking
- Orientation, motor and mobility
- Expressive Arts
For students with PMLD every moment, situation and environment is regarded as a learning opportunity. Teaching and learning is delivered at the right pace through all senses.
Programmes of learning
The students practice their communication skills through the following sessions:
- Intensive Interaction
- Songs for Interaction
- Sensory Stories
- TAC PAC
- Resonance Board
The students have regular opportunities to improve their mobility by completing their individual physiotherapy and movement programmes and taking part in activities which include:
- Sensory Integration
- Rebound therapy
The pupils also benefit from individualised visual and speech and language therapy programmes.
Our department also has links with the community, where the pupils regularly experience out of school activities for example:-
- Riding for the Disabled
The children are encouraged to express themselves whilst at school through:
- Drama and Wheelchair Dancing
- Music, Art, Design Technology
- Exploratory activities
At the end of each term we organise a sensory festival, in which we get together with other classes to experience our curriculum theme using all our senses.
The students’ learning is supported by the use of physical prompts, cues, body signing, objects of reference, visual prompts: cues, symbols, verbal prompts, assistive technology and guidance, support, assistance and supervision.
Our aim is to help each child to achieve their full potential and enjoy school life.