In Bell’s Brae School we believe in an inclusive approach and are convinced that all pupils in the school benefit from the ASN Department being part of the school. This allows all children to grow up accepting individual differences. Whenever possible children with additional support needs will be included in mainstream settings, usually with support.
At present there are three classes in the ASN Department catering for pre-school and primary aged children with additional support needs. An additional teacher supports pupils with additional support needs who are included in mainstream schools.
Once in the ASN Department your child will benefit from the expertise of a large team of people who work together to provide an individualised educational programme which addresses the needs of your child. You are an important member of that team and you will be consulted regularly about every aspect of your child’s education.
Whilst at the ASN Department children have the opportunity to work at their own level following an interesting and varied curriculum. They are taught in an atmosphere of support in which each individual’s effort is recognised and valued. While special emphasis is put on language and communication, self help skills and social development, children also have the opportunity to develop skills in art, music, PE, environmental studies, religious and moral education and maths. For children with physical difficulties specialised equipment is provided to support their needs. To maintain and promote a child’s physical well being, exercise programmes are included in their daily programmes under the guidance of a physiotherapist. Where necessary we promote the use of sign language and other communication devices. We run weekly signing classes for staff and for any parent or carer who wishes to attend. ASN Department classes currently vary from six to eight pupils. This allows a child to be taught in a small group or on an individual basis.