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Book Launch at Chailey Heritage Foundation

16 November 2021

On 9 November, we were very proud to launch a new book written by the School’s lead for Profound & Multiple Learning Disabilities, Julie Tilbury, and her university colleague, Andrew Colley. It's entitled 'Enhancing Wellbeing and Independence for Young People with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities.' The book explains in detail how the School does indeed enhance the wellbeing and independence for young people with its truly personal curriculum, now more than six years in the making.

Julie has taught at the School for 14 years and says teaching the National Curriculum is simply not an option for its children and young people, all who have complex physical disabilities. It does not take into account the individual challenges each of the young people have and the fact that they have to spend time doing things their mainstream peers do not have to do. However, they still have a right to a first-class education which support them to live their best lives. They also have the right to teachers and support staff who can understand and support them to learn.

She said: "Our approach involves developing a personal curriculum around each individual pupil, the CHILD curriculum, taking into account their motivations, challenges and learning needs. We take time to understand what excites each of our pupils and what will stimulate. We get to know them first and then we personalise what they are taught. Pushing boundaries is really important. Being very proactive is key as well. Teachers have a real impact on all children and we must never forget that. Ofsted describes our school as ‘Outstanding’ and parents told the inspectors that their children make excellent progress because their needs are so carefully understood. Now with this new book, we can continue to share our ethos and the CHILD curriculum with other specialist schools all around the world.”

To purchase a copy of the book, please click the link below: 


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