In February 2005 The Seabrook McKenzie Trust opened a full time school. This was the culmination of years of planning, sparked by frequent requests for this type of service from parents who had children with severe SLD that were not coping emotionally or educationally in the mainstream.
The aim of the school is to help these children acquire strategies to deal with their specific barriers to learning. Teaching methods include consolidation of weaker skills, using a structured multisensory approach to literacy and numeracy, and using the child’s strengths to develop compensatory strategies.
Focus is on remediation rather than accommodation, with the goal of reinsertion in the mainstream whenever and as soon as possible.
The school is divided into two levels (6 to 8 years and 9 to 11 years). Each class has a maximum of twelve students, with two teachers in the morning, one teacher and a teacher aide in the afternoons. Social skills instruction, and Occupational therapy are part of the programme for all children – individually or in small groups as appropriate. Specialist Music and Art Teachers take the classes once a week.