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Early literacy - Uffculme School

Early literacy

Staff at Uffculme School has developed a large number of very specific assessments and programmes that address the challenges of using non-verbal techniques to teach literacy to pupils functioning lower than the National Curriculum. Although we are a special primary school exclusively for pupils with autism, our approach to teaching early literacy may be adopted and used with any pupil functioning on ‘P’ levels.

A large number of the pupils are independent, rather than social, learners who thrive on working at their own pace without needing continuous adult direction and assistance. The vast majority of children not only access literacy but also progress to degrees of functional literacy. The programmes dovetail seamlessly into the Primary Strategy. The majority of the pupils at the school move on to National Curriculum levels and develop skills commensurate with their general learning potential. OFSTED praised these assessments and programmes in 2001 and in 2003 the school received a ‘Leading Aspect’ award for the same.

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