“Pupils in the Resource Base make outstanding progress” (Ofsted 2010).
The aim of the Resource Base is to provide support for pupils with hearing impairment to enable them to integrate and participate, as fully as possible, in all aspects of life at Sweyne Park School. Pupils will have either a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SSEN) or an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP).
Pupils are members of a tutor group and follow the National Curriculum, largely in mainstream classes with additional support provided by Resource Base staff in lessons and in the Resource Base, as necessary. Pupils may study some subjects in the Resource Base taught by Teachers of the Deaf.
Pupils are part of an inclusive provision at Sweyne Park, with specialist support from a team of Teachers of the Deaf, a Specialist Tutor, Educational Communicators and Specialist Learning Support Assistants.
Pupils also benefit from tutorials in the sound treated environment of the Resource Base for pre and post tutoring, in order to facilitate access to the mainstream curriculum and to focus on the educational objectives in either their SSEN or EHCP. As appropriate, this may also include targets from, for example, our visiting speech and language therapist or visiting sign language instructor. Mentoring, audiological monitoring of hearing aids, cochlear implants and radio aids also form part of this provision.
Pupils are provided with communication support according to their needs. This could include the use of British Sign Language, Sign Supported English or Signed English.
We pride ourselves in how well our pupils progress in all aspects of school life during their time at Sweyne Park. Our pupils get involved in the full range of opportunities provided at Sweyne Park and make a superb contribution to the school. They are valued ambassadors for Sweyne Park and become excellent Deaf role models to younger pupils.
The Resource Base has a team of Teachers of the Deaf, a Specialist Tutor, Educational Communicators, Specialist Learning Support Assistants and a Clerical Assistant. All our staff are highly qualified, experienced and committed to ensuring that every child has the opportunity to achieve their potential. The staffing and funding for the Resource Base is additional to the school staffing.
The Resource Base is in the main school building and consists of two large and five smaller acoustically treated rooms which provide the best possible conditions to help develop pupils’ learning..