When we first met Brad
Brad was a patient at the Willows Hospital Unit and the school provided outreach lessons for him. He was very timid and would only speak when addressed but was polite and cooperative.
Brad has missed a lot of education and was very gloomy about his academic potential which made him uneasy about school. Brad has a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder including social communication and social interaction difficulties. He has difficulties with his mental health, emotional regulation, slef-esteem, self-care and independence. Brad was also diagnosed with Type II diabetes.
An individual learning plan was developed for Brad that was informed by his Education, Health & Care Plan; this focused on differentiated curriculum planning, delivery and outcomes for him.
Staff monitored his personalised targets and ensured that his learning environments were calm and free from distractions. Brad was given 1:1 numeracy support to help with with his clock reading and timetables. He also had literacy support to improve his handwriting skills. Brad's personalised timetable allowed him to work in both a small dedicated group for core subjects but also allowed for personalisation and choice.
The school helped promote his emotional and social development through tutorial sessions, preparing for Working Life, Personal Social and Health Education and through trips, activities and school outings.
We offered Brad lots of praise and compliments on a daily basis and worked closely with Meeko House to encourage good personal hygiene and healthy living skills.
During the year Brad spent at Home Tree School, he developed a very positive attitude to learning and all aspects of school life. This resulted in good progress across the curriculum due to his consistent hard work, effort and attendance. Brad achieved Level 1 & 2 Functional Skills in Maths and English, an ICT qualification and other passes in GCSEs.
Despite Brad's health struggles, he has learnt to better manage his emotions and his self-esteem and confidence has improved significantly. He was voted Head of Student Voice as well as Prom King. Brad has developed good social skills and is able to engage and interact with adults and peers without difficulty. He feels included and valued and is able to maintain friendships with his peers. Brad has also become more independent at addressing his self-care needs and comes to school looking very smart.
What is the future like for Brad?
Brad is moving on to study a Level 2 Health & Social Care course at College and will undoubtedly embark on his career path of choice. We have no doubt hat he will continue to improve his successes.