Birtenshaw School Bolton provides the best physical environment for the special educational needs of pupils. The school, opened in 2012, provides a spacious, calm and safe environment in which children and young people can thrive and learn. Such facilities fully support our bespoke, creative curriculum and a “Total Communication” approach to the education of children and young people. Most pupils have speech, language, communication difficulties and some have very little, if any, spoken language; often referred to as ‘non-verbal’. We utilise various communications systems: signalong, PECS, Go Talks and so on. The Total Communication approach is led by our Speech and Language Therapists and supported by a communication assistant present across the school.
Classrooms are equipped with interactive touch screens and iPads which are used to support learning, engage pupils and provide an additional communication system in lessons. Many of our specialist facilities support the sensory diet requirements of pupils which are implemented by a full time occupational therapist. Visual, auditory, touch, smell, vestibular (movement) and proprioceptive (body awareness) sensory needs are supported by the environment and facilities to develop pupils co-ordination and communication, promote interaction, concentration, calmness and confidence.
…are designed to provide a safe place for pupils to develop friendships and socially interact with their peers. The equipment was chosen by pupils alongside the occupational therapists to ensure that the space meets pupil’s physical and sensory needs.