There is a fluidity about this model which both allows for and encourages a personalised (or individualised) approach, whilst still recognising that core elements of each curriculum will broadly fit the learning needs of all learners within the PMLD and SLD spectrums. The logic behind this approach comes from the sure and certain knowledge that our learners can make progress within curricula specifically designed for them, but will struggle to do so within curricula that is not (Imray and Hinchcliffe, 2014). 

Remote learning provision at MacIntyre School

We expect all students to attend school full time. As a school that caters for young people with complex needs, MacIntyre School aims to remain open  throughout any period of lockdown to minimise the impact on learning and support families with meeting their needs. On the rare occasion when the provision may need partial closing (i.e. Covid19 outbreak in a specific group) or in the case of a child needing to isolate, MacIntyre School will provide an individualised set of resources to support remote learning.

The curriculum offered at MacIntyre School is highly individualised in order to meet each young person's needs and take their learning forward from their own individual starting point. Furthermore, due to the complexity of the students’ needs, all of them require 1 to 1 support when accessing learning activities. As a result, when providing resources for home learning during periods of self-isolation, teachers work closely with families in order to provide appropriate resource packs together with additional information on how these activities can be delivered in the household. For those who can benefit from virtual session, the teachers will liaise with families to timetable supported video call to deliver targeted 1 to 1 sessions or to offer pre-recorded lessons via the ‘Evidence for Learning’ platform. 

Ofsted Report 2020:

Adults keep a firm focus on the intended purpose of all activities. They use various techniques to support communication. Staff know and reinforce pupils’ targets, giving precise and encouraging feedback. Their obvious joy in the progress that pupils make reflects their care about what the school does. 

This school goes above and beyond to support pupils’ personal development.

Assessment of progress at MacIntyre School

At MacIntyre School we aim to give each young person the richest and most appropriate education. It is very important to us to ensure each student is assessed accurately and to know exactly where they are in their learning at any given time. This enables us to develop targeted strategies and learning programmes so they can achieve the best outcomes possible.

We use a basket of assessments to ensure our judgements are accurate and agreed in a multidisciplinary way. This enables us to report on the aspects of learning that are relevant and meaningful for each young person.

The assessment model enables the possibility to tailor the learning intentions to the individual’s needs and his or her unique profile, taking into account the stage the young person is at in his or her cognitive development and learning. This model is based on ipsative assessment. This means that performance is assessed against the starting point of each young person and taking into consideration their unique journey, rather than judging against external criteria and standards. This makes the assessment process a lot more flexible as any changes in performance and needs are taken into consideration when assessing a young person. It also enables teachers to better assess smaller changes over time, for example looking at fluency or maintenance of a skill over time.

In order to collect data accurately and consistently, and to ensure the data and evidence collected is monitored on a regular basis, we follow the MacIntyre School assessment cycle.

Our core belief is that if the input to each young person's learning is the very best it can be, then the progress made by that student, whatever that is, will be the very best that they could have made. It is therefore essential that teachers fully understand each young person's needs and are able to collect data and robust evidence to be able to build a narrative of progress and be able to accurately judge the progress made by each learner.

We do not use any system of measurement of progress to compare any one young person with another. The numerical data we collect is only used to see the progress being shown within each learning intention. This data can only be understood directly related to the context, student and learning intention.

The learning intentions set are broad to enable young people to show additional lateral progress so the progress can be seen as a whole rather than as very specific measurable steps. This also enables to better see any emergent skills and to set up further learning intentions based on the previous learning and the young person’s interests and talents.

All students who have an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) or a Statement of Special Educational Needs must, by law, have an Annual Review. Every internal and external specialist that works with the young person (Social Workers, Speech and Language Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Music Therapist, etc.) provides a report and input to the review as appropriate. The review highlights the achievements made during the year by the young person and this forms the basis of the projection of the next year’s curricular aims and objectives.

Exam results

We are required to show exam results for our pupils at the end of Key Stage 4 and 5.

We are a school for children and young people with severe learning difficulties, autism and complex needs; currently, all of our students are working below the levels required to be able to achieve GCSE or other formal qualifications.

Young people in the sixth form of our school do follow accredited ASDAN programmes of study. This year students in the sixth form achieved at least 2 accredited ASDAN modules. Across the school 18 young people achieved a total of 42 modules between them.

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