Step by Step has been evolving since it opened. We have successfully developed a unique curriculum that meets the complex needs and abilities of each pupil. The curriculum, which is delivered through 1:1 teaching, is highly individualised, developmental and holistic.
We provide on-going training to staff to ensure they are fully informed and effective in the various teaching approaches we use and up-to-date with current developments in the field.
We recognise the wide range of needs across the autistic spectrum and don’t believe in a ‘one size fits all’ approach. Input is specifically tailored to meet each pupil’s individual needs across all areas of development.
Communication with parents is key to our approach and ensures consistency and continuity of input which is essential to pupils’ progress.
All our pupils have severe social and communication difficulties, and moderate to severe learning difficulties. Many have other associated difficulties such as: sensory processing issues, challenging behaviours and food intolerances. All of our pupils have an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP) and a diagnosis of autism. Most places are funded by Local Authorities.
We have set up ‘inclusion programmes’ for pupils who are able to access, and would benefit from integration with mainstream peers. We have formed positive links with local primary schools which have led to the successful part-time integration of a number of pupils. We also use the PE facilities at a local secondary school with our secondary and sixth form pupils.
We are currently registered for 32 children. We currently have three classes of Primary pupils and two classes at Secondary level and two Sixth Form classes. Pupils are allocated classes according to their individual needs and not necessarily their specific age.
Our highly experienced staff deliver 1:1 teaching to all pupils throughout the school day.
All our teaching staff follow a special training programme to ensure they have sound knowledge and understanding of both Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and the approaches, techniques and resources we use.
Each member of staff at the school receives a Step by Step exclusive, intensive, initial training programme, which covers training in the following areas:
- Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)
- Verbal Behaviour (VB)
- Sign language (using the ‘Signalong’ approach)
- Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
- Visual support
- Child Protection
- Health and Safety
Staff also receive ongoing training in:
- Sensory Integration/Occupational Therapy approaches
- Speech and Language approaches
- National Curriculum
- Social skills development
- Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)
- Sharing our Good Practice
We provide the following:
- Talks to raise awareness of Autistic Spectrum Condition/Disorder (ASC/ASD)
- Training sessions for Local Authorities (LAs)
- Students from Brighton University carry out case studies of our pupils for Autism module
- Seminars at local schools
- Links with other similar provisions