PMLD

Resource Provision for Pupils with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

Brampton Primary School became a Resource Provision for young people with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) in 2013. We are able to support up to 16 pupils: currently we have 11 pupils who have places.

Pupils are recommended to join the resource provision by the Special Needs Advisory Panel (SNAP) in the Education Department. The recommendation to attend Brampton may be the result of either the child's initial assessment by one of the borough’s Early years teams or an annual review at another school. All parents/carers are encouraged to visit the school prior to admission and take an active part in developing a transition plan for the child's move to Brampton. As part of the transition our teachers, resource provision manager and learning support assistants will make at least one home visit to talk with parents/carers about their child’s needs.

As with all our pupils at Brampton, we see the link between home and school of great importance and deeply value the involvement of parents/carers in their child’s education. We use a home-school communication book so that there is ongoing dialogue. This is particularly important when the pupil is not brought to school by parents/carers. As well as holding formal meetings and progress reviews we encourage regular informal discussions between parents/carers and school staff.

Brampton works closely with the borough’s Complex Needs and Dyslexia Service (CNDS) who are based at Brampton Primary and also the Sensory Team. We have close links with the Children’s Community Nursing Service and involve the specialist Diana Team of nurses to support children with high level medical needs when needed.

Children are seen and reviewed on a regular basis by the physiotherapist allocated to the school. The Occupational Therapy service work with individual children as needed. In addition to these core therapies Brampton buys in additional Speech and Language Therapy (SALT), Occupational Therapy (OT) and Physiotherapy for pupils who have a resource provision place.

Brampton has good access for wheelchair users and there are ongoing plans to make all learning areas more accessible. The site incorporates specialised toilet and hygiene facilities with a variety of different learning spaces including a sensory room, messy play area, physiotherapy and occupational therapy space. Over the next year, building developments such as a sensory studio, soft play room, small group rooms, a cookery room and an additional hygiene room will further enhance the provision.

Pupils are integrated into mainstream classrooms wherever possible and creative planning is used to make sure their learning is linked to class topics in a meaningful, sensory way. The resource provision manager provides support to class teachers to ensure access to the curriculum.

Pupils also use specialist learning spaces depending on their needs where they may take part in activities such as music interaction, sensory sessions, developmental movement and messy play. All pupils have individual timetables to make sure their specific needs are being met.

When a pupil is admitted to the school they will have a baseline assessment which will allow us to plan for future learning. Pupil progress is assessed regularly using a variety of tools appropriate to each key stage. In Nursery, Reception and Year 1 we use the Developmental Journal for pupils with Multiple Needs. Pupils from Year 2 through to Year 6 are assessed using B Squared which breaks down progress into small steps. On a half-termly basis progress is reviewed and the next steps in learning are planned.

We are pleased to say all of our pupils enjoy their time in school.