Arc School Napton, part of the Kedleston Group of specialist schools, launched its bespoke Key Stage 1 offer in October this year. The early learning approach, which supports children with autism and social, emotional and mental health difficulties, is led by teacher Rebecca Lambert.
The approach supports younger children with developmental delays who are not yet able to access Key Stage 1 education. The aim is to help them gain the early learning skills they need to be prepared for attending school and learning.
The approach uses seven areas of learning and development, with the aim of helping the children to be ready for learning, and develop vital early learning skills.
Rebecca said: “My two greatest passions as a teacher are in supporting children with additional needs, and developing opportunities for children to learn through play, investigation and interaction, which are core elements of the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum.
“My specialism is in Early Years Education which I have enjoyed developing over time through training and experience. I am in my element leading our bespoke KS1 offer at Arc Napton, supported by our dedicated senior leadership team and support staff.
“We have created a truly unique provision that supports children in their development through nurture, care and a tailored curriculum that prioritises their needs. We are looking forward to welcoming new children in the Nest!”
Since Rebecca qualified as a teacher, she has taught children in specialist schools as well as mainstream primary schools and pre-schools. She has also worked in social care as a residential support worker, caring for young people with complex needs including social, emotional and mental health needs. Most recently she worked within the Early Help service, as an Early Communication Support Worker where she able to support families and children with additional needs to develop their communication and relationships.
Headteacher at Arc School Napton Ange Heyes said: “Here at Napton we are committed to valuing each child’s strengths, qualities and potential, and work hard to help young people feel safe and create positive memories of their time in school. We are delighted to welcome Rebecca to the team.
“This new provision at Napton, led by Rebecca, supports Key Stage 1 children who may have social, emotional or mental health difficulties or autism and who function below age-related expectations, This can mean that they are unable to access specialist year 1and 2 curriculums because of their additional needs. This can result in children not being offered a school place, and not engaging in learning.
“Our approach means children learn the vital skills they need in a safe and welcoming environment with all the specialist support they need, getting them ready to take the next step of their learning journey.”