Brent Knoll School Local Offer

Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

Brent Knoll School is a Co-operative Trust special school which offers the following specialist range of provision to support children with autism and speech, language and communication needs.

Provision to facilitate/support access to the curriculum/independent learning

  • High adult to pupil staffing ratios.
  • Typically  EYFS/Reception/Y1  1 teacher and 2 Learning Support Assistants to 8 pupils
  • KS1/2 Average class size of 8 with 1 teachers and either 2 or 3 Learning Support Assistants
  • KS3/4 Average class size of 10 with 1 teacher and 1 or 2 Learning Support Assistants
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • TEACCH strategies and interventions
  • Use of Makaton
  • In house Makaton tutor
  • Wide use of symbols including Communicate in Print
  • Full time speech and language therapy on site
  • Occupational Therapy on site
  • Independent Travel Training
  • Links to post 16 providers and Further Education colleges

Access to a supportive environment –   IT facilities/equipment/resources (inc. preparation)

  • Interactive screens in every classroom
  • 1:1 access to computers/laptops for all pupils
  • Individual  workstations
  • Smart Table
  • Interactive sensory room
  • Human resources
  • Learning Mentors
  • Psychotherapeutic counsellor
  • Play therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Meditation Therapy
  • Speech and Language therapists
  • Occupational therapists

Strategies to support/develop literacy

  • Soundswrite (reading/writing programme)
  • Phonics based reading scheme
  • Specific literacy groups through Y7-9
  • SMILE programme for handwriting
  • Writing without Tears programme
  • Occupational therapy ‘Clever Fingers’ programme

Strategies to support/develop numeracy

  • Numicon
  • Web  based learning
  • Practical and multi-sensory approach

Strategies to support/modify behaviour

  •   All staff trained in Team Teach de-escalation and positive handling
  •   Three advanced Team Tutors in school
  •   Anger Management groups
  •   Meditation classes
  •   Access to Learning Mentors
  •   Use of Social Stories
  •   Positive Handling Plans
  •   Calming Room and use of safe space
  •   Reward and recognition systems
  •   Psychotherapeutic counselling
  •   Motivation strips
  •   Occupational therapy
  •   Access to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  •   Play therapy
  •   Art therapy
  •   Solution focused therapy
  •   Restorative justice approaches
  •   Emotional Literacy Support

Social Skills programmes

  •   I Can group
  •   Occupational Therapy/Speech Therapy social skills groups
  •   Use of Social Stories
  •   Individual Education Plans
  •   Out of School Hours Learning

Strategies to enhance self –esteem/promote emotional wellbeing

  •   Terrific Kids programme
  •   Duke of  Edinburgh Award Scheme
  •   Links with the Lewisham Youth Project
  •   Drama group
  •   Opportunities for participation in representative sporting events
  •   Residential school journeys
  •   Rewards and achievement schemes
  •   PSHE curriculum
  •   Forest School outdoor education programme
  •   Psychotherapeutic counselling
  •   Access to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
  •   Play therapy
  •   Art Therapy
  •   Solution focused therapy
  •  Emotional Literacy Support

Support/supervision at unstructured times of the day including personal care

  •   High staff supervision ratio
  •   Breakfast Club
  •   Organised lunchtime activities
  •   Out of School Hour Learning programme
  •   Toilet training provided
  •   Wet change room with ceiling hoist
  •   Disabled access toilets and showers
  •   Lift access
  •   Feeding and dressing skills programme

Strategies/programmes to support speech and language

  •   Full time speech and language therapy provision on site
  •   Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  •   TEACCH strategies and interventions
  •   Use of Makaton
  •   In house Makaton tutor
  •   Wide use of symbols including Communicate in Print
  •   Individual, small group and whole class SLT interventions
  •   Individual Education Plans
  •   Speech Bubble drama programme
  •   Parents workshops

Strategies/programmes to support Occupational Therapy/Physiotherapy needs

  •   Occupational therapy provision on site
  •   Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  •   TEACCH strategies and interventions
  •   Use of Makaton
  •   In house Makaton tutor
  •   Wide use of symbols including Communicate in Print
  •   Individual Education Plans
  •   Parents workshops
  •   BEAM gross motor skills programme
  •   Sensory circuits
  •   Adapted cutlery, furniture and equipment
  •   Trampettes
  •   Visiting physiotherapists
  •   Movement Works programme

Access to medical interventions

  •   Personal Care Plans
  •   Staff trained in administration of medication
  •   Visiting school nurse
  •   Visiting consultant paediatrician
  •   Epilepsy trained staff
  •   High proportion of trained first aiders
  •   Qualified Paediatric First Aiders

Staffing arrangements to promote access (building; curriculum; information)

  •   Fully accessible building
  •   Local authority transport and escorts
  •   School website
  •   School based minibuses and drivers
  •   School information channel
  •   Prospective parent visit schedule

Planning and assessment

  •    Special Online Assessment Record (SOLAR)
  •   International  Primary Curriculum (Y1-6)
  •   International  Middle Years Curriculum (Y7-9)
  •   Annual Reviews
  •   Individual Education Plans
  •   Personal Education Plans
  •   Positive Handling Plans
  •   Transition Plans
  •   Holistic tracker

Engagement with parents/carers

  •   School Home Support worker
  •   Learning Mentors
  •   Website
  •   Termly parents evenings
  •   3 Parent Governors
  •   Home/School Diaries
  •   Coffee mornings
  •   Termly Achievement assemblies
  •   Class assemblies and school productions
  •   Occupational Therapy/Speech Therapy parental workshops
  •   Annual Review process
  •   Termly progress reports
  •   Text messaging service
  •   Parent Workshops in numeracy, literacy and behaviour
  •   Parent Support Group
  •   Parent Forum

Liaison/Communication with Professionals

  •   Education Psychologist
  •   CAMHS
  •   Lewisham Social Care Complex Needs Team
  •   Occupational Therapy
  •   Speech and language Therapy
  •   Psychotherapeutic Counsellor
  •   Partnership with the Cassel Centre – Counselling/Therapy provider
  •   Links with the Cassell Centre
  •   MAPP
  •   Local primary collaborative
  •   Special Schools Consultative group
  •   Designated PCSO
  •   Brent Knoll and Watergate Co-operative Trust

Arrangements for specialist expertise in school

  •   Several staff (including School Leaders) with specialist postgraduate qualifications in autism to Masters or Diploma level
  •   In house Makaton tutor
  •   In house Advanced Team Teach tutors
  •   Sports coaches including trampoline and swimming coaches

Arrangements for specialist expertise from outside school

  •   Sports Coaching
  •   Meditation tutor
  •   Visiting therapists
  •   Counselling
  •   Partnership with the Cassel Centre – counselling and therapy providers
  •   Educational Psychologist
  •   Fitness instructor
  •   Music tutors
  •   Drama workshops
  •   Cognitive Behaviour Therapy

Monitoring and evaluating the impact of the ‘additional and different’ arrangements – on progress and outcomes for pupils with SEN

  •   Achievement data analysis
  •   Special Online Assessment Record (SOLAR)
  •   IEP achievement analysis
  •   Provision mapping and intervention audit
  •   Pupil Premium analysis and report
  •   SIMS analysis of interventions
  •  Holistic Tracker
  •  Year 11 Destination Data

Since September 2012 schools duty to make reasonable adjustments has included the provision of auxiliary aids and services. This may have been considered special educational provision in the past but is now the responsibility of all schools/academies and other providers.

Contact The School

Brent Knoll School

Perry Rise

SE23 2QU
0208 699 1047

Telephone and speak to one of our admin team Gemma Brownhill, Jenny Elliott, Kyra Williamson or Natasha Turnbull on the number above.

Headteacher: Mr Andy Taylor

Address: Perry Rise,
SE23 2QU


Telephone: 020 8699 1047

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