Teaching Methods

Mackworth House is an innovative school, with classes including no more than 4 pupils. All pupils receive additional support from a TA or HTLA personal delivering individualised educational packages taught on a one to one basis. 

We believe that a child’s education should be driven by their personal needs and that the best way for a child to learn is by harbouring their own interests as a vehicle for their development.

 

We believe the best way to teach children what they need to know, is by using the things they like the best.

 

Our teachers have a maximum of three to four pupils in each class to allow them to work intensively with individuals, and they oversee an experienced team of Teaching Assistants who implement the lesson plans under supervision. Directed learning happens at every opportunity in the children’s lives at Mackworth House School, in the school building, on the school grounds, in the countryside, in the community and during group activities. This way we can ensure that our students experience consistent structured supported learning.

Directed learning happens at every opportunity in the children’s lives at Mackworth House School, in the school building, on the school grounds, in the countryside, in the community and during group activities.

Person Centered strategies are used to formulate an Individual Learning Action Plan (ILAP) and this central document covers every aspect of the child’s care and education and is updated daily. Supporting our pupils to self-manage in a variety of situations and environments forms the core of our behaviour and emotional support programmes which underpin the success of any ILAP. The ILAP is reviewed regularly by teaching and learning staff and they will implement any changes and re-set targets as appropriate. This means each child’s education remains dynamic and changes according to their needs and the progress that they make. This ensures that our pupils are personally involved in their own support strategies and are constantly learning how to become more independent.

Gaining an understanding of individual pupils through the analysis of behaviours will provide information about the reasons, triggers and the most effective support strategies to use.

Mackworth House School employs a positive approach to behaviour management through the use of proactive responses, active and reactive strategies. Gaining an understanding of individual pupils through the analysis of behaviours will provide information about the reasons, triggers and the most effective support strategies to use.

Some teaching is augmented by the use of communication systems such as TEACCH & PECS by working closely with our speech and language therapist.