Birtenshaw School Shortlisted for the Autism Professionals Awards 2017

Birtenshaw is proud to announce that Birtenshaw School has been shortlisted for the Award for Inspirational Education Provision (Primary Schools) at the National Autistic Society, Autism Professionals Awards 2017!


The Autism Professionals Awards, to be held on 7 March 2017, are to recognise and reward services and professionals who are leading the way in innovative autism practice and making a real difference to the lives of autistic people in the UK.

The National Autistic Society, Autism Professional Awards seek to acknowledge the outstanding contributions and achievements of individuals, teams and organisations who have demonstrated excellence, dedication and commitment to improving the lives of autistic people.

Birtenshaw’s primary provision is described as an autism “child centred” approach to learning with a focus on developing communication, self-awareness and social interaction skills. The children are happy and thrive in an environment where staff are able to harness creative curiosity. The learning day is adapted for each child through clear routines and structured lessons where individualised learning objectives are met through play, intensive interaction and sensory learning and supported by therapeutic sessions such as hydrotherapy, rebound therapy and sensory integration. The curriculum also has plenty of space for practical activities such as yoga, pony-riding and other offsite activities or bringing learning to life outside in the mud kitchen or outdoor classroom. Importantly, every achievement is celebrated no matter how small it may appear to others.

Well done to everyone at Birtenshaw School.

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