Specialist Education

Jack's Story

When we first met Jack*

 

During his time at mainstream school, Jack struggled to keep his focus in lessons, was easily distracted and found it difficult to stay on task. Even sitting still in a chair was challenging for him. This resulted in his level of engagment being so poor that it had impacted hugely on his learning and prevented him for fulfilling his potential.

 

When Jack came to us

 

When Jack first attended Cambian New Elizabethan School, he was an angry, anxious and cautious young man who wouldn't make any eye contact. He had very low self-esteem and was distrustful of those around him. He acted impulsively without thinking about the consequences of his actions.

 

Jack's care

 

Jack's previous negative experiences of school, coupled with his limited understanding of the world, meant that a strict routine was not jsut necessary, it was essential. Therefore a routine was established very early on by the staff to help alleviate Jack's anxiety and an appropriate peer group was found to help boost his confidence.

 

It was apparent early on that Jack is a kinaesthetic learner, so staff prepared a curriculum with this in mind, tailoring lessons to his specific needs and staff kept a log of Jack's successes and behaviours during class. Close observation of his triggers and liason with his parents was integral to create a learning environment suited to his needs, which then allowed him to quickly make progress, both socially and academically.

 

Today

 

Jack has blossomed into a very confident, empathetic and articulate young man. His communication skills have vastly improved and his need for time out sessions (due to anger and frustration) has diminished. Angry outbursts are now rare. His parents have seen huge improvements at home and report that he is much happier and self-assured. 

 

Beyond all expectations, Jackhas secured a range of qualifications including a grade C in GSCE Maths and a grade B in Citizenship. Jack has continued with his education and is one of the first post-16 students out our school. He is studying a level 2 course in Health and Social Care, which is applicable to his future career choice.

 

Jack's enthusiasm and willingness to participate at school was evident when he was awarded the captaincy of the school football team. He was also given the lead role in the school's Christmas production.

 

It is evident that Jack has come a long way and is a much happier, healthier and contented young man.

 

What is the future like for Jack?

 

Aftr a successful period of work experience at a local primary school, Jack is hoping to secure weekly placements there in the near future as a teaching assistant. This will help Jack strive to achieve his long-term goal of guiding young people with special educational needs.

 

*Name has been changed to protect identity

 

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