The Bridge is a specialist provision for pupils with communication and interaction needs.
It is situated at the far end of the lower school corridor. There is a classroom for pupils to work quietly and a nurture room as well as two small outdoor spaces.
The Bridge is staffed by one teacher and 3 teaching assistants and has been built to accommodate 8 pupils.
In order to be considered for a place at The Bridge, children must have an EHCP, with identified communication and interaction needs.
It is expected that most pupils will be able to access the mainstream curriculum, with differentiation and support where necessary.
Children being considered for admission follow individual transition programmes.
These may involve visits to The Bridge with parents or familiar adults, Bridge staff visiting their current setting and meetings with parents and other professionals.
Consideration will be given to the profile of current cohorts in the school and provision when offering places to pupils.
THE BRIDGE AS PART OF MIDDLEMARCH SCHOOL:
The Bridge is part of Middlemarch School. All Bridge pupils are also members of a class group and the aspiration is that they will access the curriculum in the class as much as possible.
Pupils working in class follow the curriculum planned by the class teacher. However, for pupils not able to access the class curriculum work is planned by the teacher in The Bridge; taking into account the cognitive abilities of the child.
We hope that pupils will join their peers for lunch, assemblies, class visits and whole school events and support them to do so.
Pupils from other classes in school may come to work in The Bridge in order to join groups if it is considered beneficial to their learning needs
COMMUNICATION AND INTERACTION:
The primary need of pupils in the provision is difficulties with communication and interaction.
Pupils take part in group work to learn specific skills such as maintaining and sharing attention, taking turns and the social use of language.
Zones of Regulation and emotion coaching are used consistently to teach pupils to recognise and regulate their emotions.
The Bridge has a nurture group “Rainbow Bridge”.
Bridge staff are trained to deliver Forest Schools, Lego and Cooking Therapy.