Large secondary schools can be loud, hustling and bustling places. The corridors can get flooded with jostling teenagers laughing, shouting and pushing whilst trying to get to class. The school hall may echo with harsh voices, squeaky leather shoes, stifled giggles as masses of fidgeting bodies perch on rows of endless chairs. Classrooms have a cacophony of sounds that merge into one hubbub of noise and smells. This is a nightmare assault on the senses for some young people with anxiety or autism.
We get this! We understand and honour sensory differences and so on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays we aim to create low sensory days with quiet study, a calm atmosphere and plenty of space to stretch the mind and body. We have two nurture rooms downstairs for 1:1 tuition and our intensive Nurture Suite for individual or small group activities. Those who can cope with small social groups work upstairs, where they can study, have lessons and enjoy social time with peers.. Amidst the academic rigour we intersperse art, cooking, social games, sport and walks in the local park.
I need to re-engage with learning
Some young people, have energy in abundance and find concentrating for long periods of time challenging. They may not be able to sit quietly for long if at all and may need to express themselves in a louder and more animated way than others.
Thursdays and Fridays are for our livelier young people who study in short academic bursts allowing plenty of time to stretch and move. They need sport, walks outdoors and other active pursuits to use up their abundance of energy and enthusiasm. Perhaps some of them are more complex and need 1:1 support.
As with all our young people they need to unlock their incredible potential and find a future career pathway that celebrates their unique talents and skill set.