School staffing description 2018
Groups are typically up to 8 children to 3/4 staff including the lead Conductor-Special Needs Teacher.
Conductor Teachers are qualified as Special Educational Needs Teachers and are graduates of the Peto Institute in Hungary. Although not requirement to teach in a non-maintained special school, they are supported to apply to have their qualification recognised as a Qualified Teacher (QTS) in the UK.
Head: Conductor-Special Needs Teacher MA PgD in Education & QTS
Teachers: Conductor-Special Needs Teacher with QTS leads each class
The Early Years Specialist is a Conductor-Special Needs Teacher & QTS
and MA in Early Years – Special Needs Specialty.
Support staff :
Teaching Assistant with a BA in disability and education
Teaching Assistants with NNEB and NVQ3, all are trained in relation to understanding all of each child’s needs motor dysfunction and in ‘Total Communication’ practices.
Teaching Assistant: Advanced Certificate in Language & Communication Impairment in Children (Undergraduate Level 2).
All Assistants participate in the OCN Level 3 Conductor Assistant training programme developed by the National Institute of Conductive Education in Birmingham.
In March 2013 the then Head was invited to participate in an international group of experts by the World Health Organisation (WHO) to select the ICF categories for children and young people.
“ICF-CY belongs to the ‘family’ of international classifications developed by the World Health Organisation (WHO) for application to various aspects of health. The WHO family of international classifications provides a framework to code a wide range of information about health (e.g. diagnosis, functioning and disability, reasons for contact with health services) and uses a standardised common language permitting communication about health and health care across the world in various disciplines and sciences.”
This work was completed during 2014 and the coding finalised and it is now used for tracking the progress of children attending the School.