Project Ability Case Studies

Case Studies

There are nine Project Ability case studies available to download below...

Connecting the Levels of the School Games - Alfriston School, Buckinghamshire

Alfriston School, Buckinghamshire is a secondary day and boarding school for girls with a wide range of special educational needs and/or disabilities. Most pupils have moderate learning difficulties, and a large majority have additional needs, such as speech, language and communication difficulties, sensory impairment, physical difficulty and other learning difficulties and disabilities.

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An approach to collaborative working: identifying the roles and responsibilities of an SGO and NGBs - Angmering School, West Sussex

The Angmering School is a large community comprehensive school in West Sussex, which has specialist college status for sport and science. Angmering also houses a specialist support facility, the Lavinia Norfolk Centre, which is a unique centre for the inclusion of children and young people with physical, medical and sensory difficulties and forms part of the Learning Support and Development Curriculum area of the school. The school also has a larger proportion of supported students than other equivalent schools, with many other disabilities or special needs, including a greater than average number of children with social communication difficulties.

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To understand and advocate the benefits of Project Ability across the whole school - Arbour Vale School, Slough

Arbour Vale School is a large special school on the outskirts of Slough, which caters for pupils aged between 2 and 19, with residential accommodation for 12 pupils and won the Youth Sport Trust’s ‘Impact of the sport specialism for all’ award in 2011. Alongside high quality teaching and learning and the range of out-of-hours sports opportunities, Arbour Vale offers a wealth of coaching and professional development courses through their role as a Disability Coaching Hubsite. They are active participants in Playground to Podium (P2P) events, the National Inclusion Advisory Group and in developing Leadership & Volunteering for Young People with Disabilities through the South East Region Leadership Academy.

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Connectivity between levels of the School Games - Brookfield Community School, Derbyshire

Brookfield Community School is a large, popular secondary comprehensive school which became an Academy in 2011, retaining its Specialist Sports College status. The school and SSP both work closely with the local community and partner schools to participate in many sports and community projects. Pupils are given every encouragement to fulfil their potential in many different areas, including academic, musical, sporting and community work and Project Ability initiatives form part of this and allow students opportunities to develop physically, intellectually and socially.

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An approach to collaborative working: identifying the roles and responsibilities of an SGO and NGBs - Northolt High School, London

Northolt High School is a large, popular secondary Foundation school in an outer London borough which holds Specialist Technology College status. The school takes pride in being a ‘family’ school and works hard to achieve the best outcomes for all its pupils whatever their strengths or needs. The school seeks both to support and challenge all of its pupils and work closely with families and the local community to provide a wide range of academic, sporting and community activities. As an SGO working out of this school, Mark works closely with the six special schools in the borough, the sports NGBs and the Disability Sports Officer to increase delivery of SEND sport.

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Engaging more young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) in competitive sport, encouraging participation in the School Games, and involving parents/carers - The Ganton Special School, Hull

The Ganton Special School and Student Centre, situated just outside the City of Hull, is a school for young people aged between 3 and 19 with learning difficulties and disabilities ranging from severe to very profound, where each pupil is based in a group best suited to their needs, with a timetable designed to meet their individual abilities. The Ganton primary and secondary schools and Sixth Form Centre have recently moved into specially designed buildings in co-located sites alongside mainstream primary and secondary schools. The community feel of the schools is at the heart of all the work they do and drives teaching, learning and pastoral care. Lunchtime clubs allow pupils from different phases to work together through sports, arts or citizenship projects. Locally links are made with neighbourhood schools and local special schools and staff undertake shared curriculum work and joint sporting opportunities. Pupils are regularly involved in competitive sport across Yorkshire through the RDA, Disport and local sports partnerships as well as Project Ability.

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Engaging more people with SEND in competitive sport and involving parents and carers - Mowbray School and 'Sportspecial' School Sports Partnership, North Yorkshire

Mowbray School and ‘Sportspecial’ School Sports Partnership work collaboratively to deliver Project Ability across North Yorkshire. Mowbray is a community special school for pupils aged 3-16 with a wide range of special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and the school ethos of achieving ‘Success through Understanding, Respect and Endeavour’ (SURE) underpins learning and all the values they wish to promote and develop. The SSP ‘Sportspecial’ comprises all 15 special schools in North Yorkshire and being the only partnership of its kind in the country prides itself on its unique approach to engaging special schools in the target five-hour offer. In addition to specific work with special schools, they are continuously impacting upon mainstream SEN provision, promoting inclusive activity and increasing opportunities for those who struggle to access mainstream provision fully.

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The role of an Inclusion Champion on an LOC - Friars School and Sports College, Northants

Friars School and Sports College is a co-educational community special school for pupils aged 11-16 with learning difficulties, with a small post-16 unit. As a Specialist Sports College they strive for high standards in attainment, enrichment, provision and take-up and have excellent links with local and regional organisations. The ethos of the specialism has a positive impact on whole school improvement and raises standards for pupils by promoting PE and sport cross-curricular links and delivering ‘specialism lessons’. Through PE and sport, Friars aims to provide all pupils with inclusive and enjoyable activities, coupled with thorough assessment and progression-based programmes of study. They have excellent community links and a family of secondary and primary partner schools, for whom they provide curriculum support and enrichment opportunities, including pupil provision and staff development. Very recently, they were awarded ‘Gold Partnership’ status from the Youth Sport Trust, for outstanding delivery of PE and sport in both school and community settings.

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To understand and advocate the benefits of Project Ability across whole schools - Clare Mount Specialist Sports College, Wirral

Clare Mount Specialist Sports College is a successful and well-established school for students aged 11 to 19 with MLD and additional needs, such as autism. Clare Mount thrives on its success as a Specialist Sports College and was recently awarded YST Gold Partner Status for outstanding provision of PE and sport, including whole school impact and partnership work. The promotion of a healthy lifestyle and participation in a range of activities support the learning of students across all subject areas and the ethos of sports pedagogy and practice permeate all aspects of school life. Clare Mount acts as hub site for PE and school sport for 13 Wirral special schools, co-ordinates an annual calendar of events, festivals, outreach and CPD programmes and liaises with NGBs. Sport specialist staff members manage the Wirral disability teams in a range of sports, to ensure clear pathways for Gifted & Talented youngsters and represent special schools across Merseyside on the LOC for the School Games and the North West Board for the EFDS.

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