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West SILC’s Hollybush Partnership caters for learners aged 3-11 years with moderate to severe learning difficulties and or communication difficulties. The aim of the Partnership is to provide access to specialist teaching and to mainstream lessons. Every learner in the Hollybush SILC class has an inclusion timetable detailing when they access mainstream lessons. The time spent working alongside their mainstream peers varies according to need. All learners access assemblies, playtimes and dine with their mainstream peers. All SILC learners have an individual learning plan which is personalised to meet their academic, social and emotional needs. Learners are encouraged to develop independence which is enhanced by the inclusion opportunities. Some SILC learners make rapid progress in the Partnership and their pathway at the end of key stage 2 is to transition to the Priesthorpe High School Partnership.

The Partnership aims to be mutually beneficial for learners of both schools through collaborative working. Learners are encouraged to have a shared sense of belonging to both West SILC and Hollybush Primary School. Learners are taught in the SILC base by a specialist SILC teacher and are supported in mainstream lessons by specialist SILC staff. Mainstream Hollybush learners also benefit from this, working with SILC learners and SILC staff in the SILC base and in mainstream classrooms. SILC learners are well represented on the Hollybush school council.

SILC staff offer access to specialist support for mainstream school staff. SILC staff work closely with the school SENCO and Headteacher to ensure the Partnership meets the needs of all learners. A member of the SILC staff team attends Hollybush weekly staff briefing to keep up-to-date with what is happening in school.

To support SEN inclusion, SILC staff offer a weekly ‘Sing and Sign’ session and a PE session which mainstream learners can attend. SILC learners have had opportunities to participate in assemblies, special events and trips with their mainstream peers. The SILC has its own area within the schools garden for growing fruit, vegetables and flowers which all learners enjoy.

SILC learners also benefit from regular life skills trips to develop independence and confidence in the community. They have access to the specialist facilities on the Farnley Academy site for developing physical skills, accessing swimming and or rebound.

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