The Middle Department at Beaucroft currently has five classes that cover the age range from ten to thirteen (Years 6 to 8). The children are placed in classes depending on a variety of factors such as cognitive ability, communication needs and peer relationships. The classes are:

  • Corfe
  • Portland
  • Lulworth
  • Purbeck
  • Arne

Each class has one teacher and up to three teaching assistants and the class sizes vary from six pupils up to fifteen.

We aim to offer an engaging, meaningful and individualised curriculum through themes and practical experiences. At Beaucroft we recognise that every child is an individual and therefore we work hard to ensure we meet their individual needs.

We follow a three year rolling programme of topics.

As much as possible, pupils are offered the chance to continue their learning outside the classroom through outings into the local community. This supports pupils to generalise the skills they learn in the classroom into real life situations.

For our young people key areas for development are communication, language, social interaction skills and functional maths and literacy. The pupils in the Middle Department are expected to develop greater independence and maturity throughout their time with us. We have a Total Communication environment throughout the school where staff use a range of signing, photos, signs and verbal language to support the pupils’ communication and interaction with others.

There is a Parents’ Consultation Evening once each term where parents have the opportunity to meet with their child’s class teacher. Every pupil also has a School Planner which we encourage parents and pupils to write in and which teachers write in to support communication between school and home. Once a year each pupil has a Person Centred Review (PCR) meeting to review their Statement of Educational Needs or Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and to identify what is important for the young person now and in the future. Parents/carers, the pupil, education staff and relevant outside agencies are invited to attend and each meeting ends with a concrete action plan with actions that are SMART (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound).

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