Autistic Spectrum Condition

At Oak Grove College, we are proud to have achieved gold in the Autism Awareness Award in 2019, which outlines our commitment to ensuring all students have an environment to reach their potential.

Our Lead Teacher for ASC – Georgia Conway works with colleagues across the college towards our aim of having an inclusive environment for those students with ASC, Her role includes –

  • To assist in the development of individual and small group programs to meet the unique needs of students with autism spectrum disorder and support their teachers to achieve this.
  • To provide staff development as part of regular training and advise on best practice for educating these students.
  • To work in partnership with the college’s leadership and management team to lead and continue to embed effective specialist teaching and learning.
  • To promote opportunities for students on the autistic spectrum to be included in all aspects of school life and curriculum, supporting students both socially and educationally.
  • Liaising with parents and external agencies, eg. speech and language therapists, other therapists, social workers, etc

Expectations

At Oak Grove College we have high expectations of ourselves and our students so that we all reach our true potential. Through our nurturing and therapeutic approach, we will enable all of our students to leave the college as successful, valued and independent members of the community, giving them better life outcomes.

We strive to provide high quality education in a positive and nurturing learning environment.  Every opportunity is taken to promote confidence and emotional well-being and to enable young people to develop the range of skills that they will need for life beyond school.

Aims

  • Demonstrate effective communication and engagement
  • Display kindness and compassion
  • Show equality and mutual respect
  • Promote a growth and development mind-set in yourself and others
  • Establish strong collaboration and teamwork
  • Take individual and collective responsibility for the success of our Oak Grove students

Our ethos is based on the beliefs that:

  • Young people with ASC and SLD can continue to develop skills and strategies that enable them to participate as independent, valued citizens, enjoying equal rights, opportunities and a good quality of life.
  • An eclectic, flexible, personalised approach utilising strengths and interests is necessary to the development of individual skills.
  • Through working alongside students and developing strong ‘working with’ relationships, effective strategies can be developed that enable them to contribute to, and be consulted with, on all aspects of their lives. We aim to flourish, have fun and achieve.
  • Consultation through listening to those who use the service and their representatives is key to evolving practice and provision.
  • The same principles apply to the way we work together as a community of staff.

Our positive expectations are based on:

  • Health and well-being
  • Being prepared for the wider world
  • Independence
  • Engagement both social and academically
  • Aiming high
  • Happiness
  • Kindness and compassion
  • Individual and personal growth

These expectations help our students to develop behaviours that prepare them for adulthood and a good quality of life.

 

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