• Arbour Vale School, Farnham Road, Slough, Berkshire, SL2 3AE
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  • office@arbourvaleschool.org

Update: Thursday 26th January – Fully Open 

An update from the Principal regarding the recent heating issues can be found here.

Emergency, Out of Hours number: 07519 130641

Profound & Multiple Learning Difficulties

As a school, Arbour Vale is seeing pupils enter the school with a much more diverse range of needs including young people with profound learning difficulties and complex health needs. The young person with PMLD has a profound learning difficulty that is compounded by at least one other difficulty. These young people require a very specialised and nurturing curriculum to be provided which enables them to:

– make sense of their world
– learn how to communicate their needs and wants
– feel safe and have their needs met.

 

We continue to celebrate and promote diverse social needs through ensuring that the pupils take part in activities with their peers from within their own phase and that of other phases.

Pupils working within the PMLD Department of the school engage in a very holistic approach to learning.  They follow an Informal Curriculum, designed to meet their needs and celebrate their success at a level appropriate to them.

At Arbour Vale School we use the student Education, Health & Care Plan to support staff in identifying targets and use these to underpin the learning activities that take place. The EHCP is at the centre of everything we do for young people with PMLD.  Through knowledge of the young people, their communication methods, their motivators for engagement and observation we are able to track pupil engagement and their progress in learning. We have recently begun to use the Engagement Model to assess all our pupils with PMLD & track their engagement in addition to their EHCP targets. This helps us to provide a holistic model of education to our pupils.

If you would like to know more about the PMLD Department or Informal Curriculum, please do contact the PMLD Lead Teacher, Eleanor Brady at eleanor.brady@arbourvaleschool.org

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