CURRICULUM

At Phoenix Park Special School

Pupils benefit from small class sizes, excellent teaching and quality resources. Pupils have access to the full range of national curriculum subjects. Work is carefully differentiated and adapted to enable all pupils to learn.
In addition to curriculum subject learning, we also offer enrichment opportunities for pupils including gardening, cookery, school trips and sport. These activities are to encourage pupil’s social development and to support their ability to manage less structured and competitive activity.
There is a strong emphasis on nurturing emotional literacy in our students. There is a  formal Nurture Group in our school that acts as a bridge between home and school for those students who are having difficulties settling in their classrooms. The Nurture Group provides a place for children to explore the emotions they experience in school, build collaborative relationships with peers and build relationships with key adults that they can talk to about conflict or distress.
The school follows the guidelines set down by the NCSE in relation to developing Individual Education Plans for children with Special Educational Needs. Each child that attends the school will have an Individual Education Plan (IEP) developed within their first term in the school. Their IEP will be specific to them and will set out the child’s strengths, needs and targets for the academic year ahead. The IEP will be reviewed and updated regularly.

 

Code of Behaviour

We have a very clear and comprehensive Code of Behaviour in our school. Please request a copy of this policy for more information. We focus on positive behaviour and have high expectations of every child.

Everybody is our school follows the Golden Rules:

  • We are gentle
  • We are kind and helpful
  • We listen
  • We work hard
  • We are honest
  • We look after property

While most children respond well to our behaviour management system, there may be instances when children exhibit violent and dangerous behaviour that put themselves or others at risk of injury. All staff members are trained in Non-Violent Crisis Intervention, which enables staff to safely manage dangerous behaviour. Physical intervention is always a last resort. Please ask for our Physical Intervention Policy for more details.

 

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