How We Teach
“The school’s positive ethos enables pupils to thrive in a safe and welcoming environment. Staff ensure that pupils are fully involved in decision-making and that their ideas are listened to.”
- Ofsted 2018
We use Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and specifically Verbal Behaviour (VB) principles in our teaching. Teaching with ABA/VB reduces behaviours that challenge, ensuring our pupils access a broad, balanced and specialised curriculum - drawing on the National Curriculum and working towards the outcomes in a pupil’s EHCP.
Our teaching focuses on language development, particularly functional communication. We aim to develop academic, independent living skills and personal, social and emotional development through highly effective teaching in a variety of ways.
Activities include outdoor playtime, art, music, PE, yoga, and swimming. Regular class community trips, library trips and other school and class outings are planned each term.
All pupils participate in whole school weekly assemblies and there are drama opportunities throughout the year including a Song Club and a full length Winter Production in December. These opportunities improve communication and public speaking skills, boosting pupils’ confidence and self-esteem.
At Park House School we:
- Use Individual Education Programmes (IEPs) aimed at teaching appropriate and functional behaviours
- Break down skills into achievable goals
- Use data to measure achievement and success of teaching methods
- Maximize opportunities for our pupils to respond and actively participate in learning
- Generalise and maintain learned skills
- Use 1:1 teaching throughout the school day
- Use group learning to teach relevant academic skills
- Work closely with the Speech and Language and Occupational Therapy teams
- Are a signing community, and all staff are trained in Makaton sign language and other forms of communication styles.