Many children have special needs. For those with obvious disabilities the conventional curriculum can pose particular disadvantages. For those with impairments, in sight, hearing or speech, conventional forms of communication are inherently difficult. It does not follow that they are less able overall, or unintelligent. Many young people with disabilities have profound abilities, but in areas which the conventional curriculum neglects. For others, the opportunity to communicate through other forms of expression, including music, movement or art, can provide essential channels of communication to express ideas which are inhibited by conventional forms of speaking and writing. The point is not that the arts compensate for disability: it is that present conceptions of ability are too narrow. By broadening our understanding of the capabilities of all children, we will reassess the potential of those who, in conventional terms, are thought to be less able.
We must educate the whole child Ð creatively, culturally, spiritually, morally, physically, technologically as well as intellectually. Good teachers recognise this and develop the child to his/her potential. The greatest gift you can give a child is self-esteem and confidence in their ability. If a child has these, no challenge is too great for him/her. Carol Traynor, head teacher
Extending Opportunities Cloughwood is a successful residential special school for 65 boys who have emotional and behavioural difficulties. Our belief is that every pupil must be presented with an outstanding 24-hour curriculum. Twenty years ago, this philosophy was out of step with most other special schools, but it is now accepted as the most effective methodology for meeting these pupilsÕ needs. Our pupils achieve outstanding GCSE examination results, specifically in art. The average points score in GCSE for our pupils is above average for comprehensive schools in the country. Pupils on entry to the school tend to have a low self-esteem. Our creative education programme is an excellent means of boosting their confidence and helping them to develop pride in themselves and their work. There are regular theatre visits and cultural experiences that make an impression on them for life. Our pupils seek out opportunities to perform in a range of creative activities. Our extended education programmes place significant emphasis on creative and cultural activities. OFSTED has identified Cloughwood as one of a number of good special schools across the country. Inspectors said that: Òmany opportunities exist which enable pupils to appreciate their own culture. The school also succeeds in ensuring that pupils appreciate the diversity and richness of other cultures. [...] Art makes a major contribution to the life of the school. The quality of work on display throughout the building is magnificentÓ. It has been recognised that Òpupils live and learn in a rich and stimulating environmentÓ. Information provided by Cloughwood School
Meeting the Challenge
Published on Mar 30, 2012
Published on Mar 30, 2012
All Our Futures: Creativity, Culture and Education Report to the Secretary of State for Education and Employment the Secretary of State for...