17th March 2020 — “We should never lose sight of the human being in front of us.” So says Carol Heath-Smith, Head of Personalised Learning at West Buckland School, which has just opened a brand new Personalised Learning and Development Hub. This marks the latest phase in the on-going expansion of its outstanding campus facilities, enabling more children than ever to receive specialist one-to-one or group learning support.
Carol is delighted with the new facilities and sees the new space as an integral part of a much wider programme offered by the school:
“The world of science is informing educational practice as it has never done before and underpins our need to be innovative. We have learnt that our brains are constantly changing, a state known as ‘neuroplasticity’, meaning that new pathways can always be developed and altered.”
“Examples of innovation include the use of Lego therapy to help our students on the autistic spectrum or with SEMH; establishing movement programmes and sports schedules to suit those with Developmental Coordination Delay; and the use of Assistive Technology to support students to access the curriculum.”
The new building includes small focus rooms, break out areas and social spaces where all children are welcome, whether to receive learning support or just to take part in social activities such as the Lego club in their break times. The facility is manned by five highly-qualified staff, who specialise in different areas of development.