At Ingfield Manor School the curriculum is based on, and firmly embedded in the theory and practice of Conductive Education. This ethos enables our pupils to develop independence, living as active and purposeful individuals. Conductive Education is an educational and holistic approach to the development of the child with Cerebral Palsy and other neurological motor disorders.
NICE defines Conductive Education as follows: “CE is based on a ‘simple’ concept of human potential; meaning that everyone has the capability to learn and develop irrespective of their starting point. Whilst most of us agree with this statement in practice many systems place barriers and boundaries on this learning. People with disabilities frequently spend much of their time being assessed for what they ‘cannot do’ rather than what potential they have. Conductors are highly trained to observe this potential in a person; to nurture their development and devise structured programmes to enable success. CE combines education, psychology and medical science and considers all aspects of the person simultaneously.”
- Each day begins with a motor learning programme during which the pupils develop problem solving skills and independence through a series of tasks in lying, sitting and standing positions.
- The skills learnt during this time are then transferred throughout the rest of the day, for example, when taking part in personal care or accessing a computer.
At Ingfield, the aim is not to compartmentalise our pupils’ learning into different areas but rather to embrace all areas of learning within every lesson. For example, within a curriculum lesson, the teacher will build in opportunities for each pupil to develop their physical, communication and social skills in a way which complements and encourages engagement and learning.
Therapeutic input is integrated into the curriculum via a trans-disciplinary team which includes:
- Occupational therapists
- Speech and Language Therapists (S<s)
Conductors are highly trained to observe this potential in a person; to nurture their development and devise structured programmes to enable success
We directly employ physiotherapists who work with the children and young people within each department throughout their school day to support with accessing curriculum areas.
Occupational Therapists (OTs) work with people of all ages to enable them to participate in daily life, to improve their health and wellbeing. Daily life is made up of many activities (or ‘occupations’)..