Placement Provider: Delius Special School
Course: BA (Hons) Physical Education
About the placement:
Students studying the module ‘Special Educational Needs and Disability in PE’ engage in a six week placement. The first six weeks of the module involves students engaging in a series of workshops at the University that develop essential knowledge, skills and qualities enabling our students to work with young people with a range of disabilities and learning needs. In the second half of the module students attend a special school in small groups for one afternoon per week. The work they undertake is varied -from water based activities and therapy to sensory focused interventions and whole school holistic programmes - and the young people they work with are diverse including those with autism and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.
Quote from Matthew:
“The workshops at the start of the module, with various specialist speakers from the field, were very insightful. These gave a broad overview of the different Special Educational Needs & Disabilities that we might encounter on our placement. The practical workshops also facilitated opportunities to explore different types of games and activities based on the Inclusion Spectrum. This allowed us to learn, in our placement groups, how to embed good practice whilst adapting our sessions to the different scenarios we faced. I can’t speak highly enough of the placement experience. Thank you to Maura & her team for setting us up with a fantastic special school in Bradford. Swimming every week with a pupil one to one was fantastic in terms of seeing the individual’s confidence increase whilst being happy in his own learning environment amongst friends & staff”.
Quote from the placement provider:
“From the beginning of the placement, Matthew presented as a personable young man, quick to establish professional working relationships with the staff team and building connections with the pupils. He picked up on the rules, routines and expectations of the classroom environment but was flexible and enough to work within SEND provision. He was able to initiate rapport with all pupils during continuous provision activities and support children 1 to 1 during our maths lessons. Matthew was asked to support a particular child during a weekly swimming session. This pupil has issues around confidence and trust towards unfamiliar adults, but he was able to respond to Matthew and his upbeat, encouraging manner. I have every confidence that he will build on these early foundations and flourish in a teaching environment of his choice”. Tracy-Anne Henney, Class Six Teacher at Delius Special School