The Sensory and Communication Department sits alongside the Middles and Seniors Departments at Le Murier. It provides
education that meets the needs of students with learning, sensory, communication and physical disabilities and difficulties. The Sensory and Communication Department offers a flexible approach to the curriculum focusing on skills that matter to this student group. Areas of focus include communication, choice making and social skills, personal development (looking at behaviour and coping skills, developing tolerance, confidence, sensory self-regulation, self-help and independence), movement and body awareness (including osteotherapy, yoga and hydrotherapy) as well as Numeracy, Literacy and ICT. The department is split into groups according to their needs. Multidisciplinary input is sought for assessment, the setting of objectives and joint classroom working. Teaching and learning approaches used may include Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), visual schedules and work systems, principles of TEACCH, objects of reference, sensory diet, Signalong and Intensive Interaction.
Key Stage 5 (Years 12 - 14)
For some students the current College of Education learning environment is unsuitable or some may have additional medical needs requiring a school nurse on site, therefore a KS5 has been established. Students continue their learning in all areas of the curriculum but with a focus on learning skills to move into adulthood and their next steps.