As well has a highly differentiated curriculum, at Oak View School we also use some specific strategies to support our pupils with their learning. These include:

Essex Steps

This is an Essex-wide system use by many schools and used in other counties. Oak View has two staff qualified to teach these courses, these staff also train staff in other schools.

At the core of Essex steps is the concept that challenging behaviour is related to individual pupils circumstances and

Staff understand the background and theory to challenging behaviour, the need to prepare environments for pupils and how to deescalate situations calmly. Staff work with different pupils to understand how each pupil has ‘triggers’ and understand their environment needs.

5P Plans

Our 5P Approach is based on the ideas developed by educational psychologist, Linda Miller.

The approach is clear and structured. It is tailored to each pupil and helps them understand their behaviours.

This works on recognising pupils behaviours before they reach a crisis so they can learn to recognise and prevent incidents.

These strategies have been successful with all our pupils.

Zones of Regulation

Our behaviour strategies are underpinned by the Zones of Regulation and our understanding of emotional and sensory regulation.

Our pupils are taught to recognise their emotions, and we respect that identification. This enables to support pupils in an appropriate way throughout the school day.

Sensory Integration Strategies

Modified TEACCH approach

Muddy Woods

Attention Autism

Oak View are using The Attention Autism Programme for pupils throughout the school.

Attention Autism has been designed to help parents and professionals give their child with autism and social communication difficulties an irresistible invitation to learn using fantastic activities and having a really good time whilst doing so.

Attention Autism originates from the idea that successful communication is dynamic, engaging and joyful. We learn best when we work with enthusiasm, motivation and creativity. We remember good times and shared experiences.

The Attention Autism approach provides the child with an experience worth communicating about. We need to make our interactions irresistible!

At Oak View, Claire Moore is a licensed Advanced Practitioner who trains and guides staff in delivering the programme, ensuring that we have a high quality session.