A complete education for life
Every student at Helen Allison has a truly personalised curriculum and timetable. Your child learns at their own pace and according to their own needs and interests. We always find a way to deliver the learning your child needs.
Students learn traditional academic subjects alongside the life skills they’ll need to become confident young adults. At every stage, students have their own timetable, which we plan with them according to their ability, needs and interests.
The student’s timetable includes support from our resident psychologists, speech and language therapists and occupational therapist.
We teach all the academic subjects of the National Curriculum. Our long experience of teaching children with autism lets us deliver each subject in a practical and structured way that plays to the students' strengths. Our students have a range of abilities and our high staffing levels means we can provide small group teaching as well as individual support.
Personal, Social, Health Education, (PSHE), Spiritual, Moral, Social, Communication Education, Online Safety and British Values are an important part of our curriculum at every stage. Through it we introduce our students to life skills, when they enter Key Stage 3 they will learn about careers and work experience.
Many of our older students take qualifications such as GCSEs, BTECs and A levels.
"Helen Allison is a much calmer school and work is at your level. At my old school it was to everyone else’s ability. Here, teachers do it to every different student’s level."
Student of the Brickfield Hub
Our school day
We start our school day with self preparation followed by relaxation or sensory activities, which helps your child to be ready to learn, especially if they have had a long journey to school.
In our primary department pupils will spend most of their time with their own teacher and support staff. They are also taught by specialists in some subjects.
In our secondary department, pupils will stay with their tutor group for most of their daily lesson, and work with specialist subject teachers for some lessons. Support staff move with them to each lesson.
We teach all the academic subjects of the National Curriculum. Our long experience of teaching children with autism lets us deliver each subject in a practical and structured way that plays to your child’s strengths. Our students have a range of abilities and our high staffing levels mean we can provide small group teaching as well as individual support.
Personal, Social, Health Education (PSHE) is an important part of our curriculum at every stage. Through it we introduce our students to life skills, and as your child enters Key Stage 3 they will learn about careers, work experience, and sex and relationship education with your consent.
Many of our older students take qualifications such as GCSEs, BTECs and A levels. They can study technical, specialist and higher level subjects in a local school or college with our support, which means that they can choose from an extremely wide range of subjects and qualifications.
We begin planning your child’s transition to post-16 education when they are 14. They may transfer to a mainstream college or school or move up into our separate Helen Allison Hub.
In our Helen Allison Hub, our young people prepare actively for adult life among students of their own age, focusing on problem solving and decision making, and on independent living skills.
A really important feature of life in our Hub is the amount of time our young people spend learning outside the centre every day. This allows them to gain valuable experience of life outside school, mixing with other young people, gaining confidence, and seeing that everything they have learned is good preparation for adult life. Our strong links to local colleges mean our young people can choose from an enormous range of subjects, follow their interests and skills, and try new subjects and activities. They can also learn while working with local employers, always with our support.
Older students take a variety of BTEC courses at local partner colleges, including Electrical Engineering, Hairdressing and Motor Vehicle Maintenance.
"We support the students and design the curriculum with our eyes on the rest of life: we want to prepare our students for the skills needed for skilled employment."
Cathy Riggs, Deputy Principal
MyProgress® at Helen Allison
At Helen Allison we use MyProgress®,The National Autistic Society’s programme for working with autistic children. For your child, MyProgress® means that from the day we meet them to the day they leave our school, their learning will be completely tailored to their needs. With MyProgress®, we will assess your child regularly, plan the approaches and strategies that will work best for them, deliver them and monitor your child’s progress. We are systematic and thorough, and above all, we work with you and your child to create the best education for them as an individual.
Click here to view or download a copy of The National Autistic Society's latest curriculum policy.
National Autistic Society Curriculum Policy
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