A Case Study in a Special School: Storybooks

Harry Bowley
2002, Vol. 7, No. 1,

Abstract


The class is in a large special school for pupils with a variety of learning difficulties. Although the main category of learning difficulty is severe (SLD), we also have pupils with moderate learning difficulties (MLD), profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), challenging behaviour and autism. The pupils follow a broad and balanced curriculum based on the National Curriculum. Teaching approaches and expectations have been adapted as well as some equipment to suit the individual needs of the pupils.

This study is based on a project delivered by an enthusiastic teacher with a class of Year 5/6, mainly SLD but also one PMLD. There were nine pupils, the teacher, two nursery nurses and a classroom assistant. The sessions were taught for an hour on Thursday afternoons over a period of seven weeks.


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