Throughout the years we have developed and encouraged strong and active links with a number of local schools. All of our pupils regularly have the opportunity to work alongside their peers in mainstream.
Within the primary and foundation stages our pupils share their learning with children from Lozells Primary School, Heathfield Primary School, Prince Albert Primary School, Anglesey Primary School and Limetree Children’s Centre.
As well as local schools, a number of businesses, hospitals, colleges and sixth form centres use Mayfield as a venue for training, work experience and vocational placements. In school we have a number of trained assessors who are able to act as mentors to students coming into school.
Mayfield School has developed a close working relationship with Titan Partnership Ltd, which has become well established over the past few years. We recognise the important work that Titan completes for schools across north-west Birmingham, and believe that this support has benefited children, families and the wider community.
We have been involved in supporting and developing trainee teachers on the SCITT (School-centred initial teacher training) course and in providing direct training to students on a range of topical and important SEN information and legislation.
This includes, hosting an annual school based session for over 50 students within Mayfield; allowing the students time to observe practice and participate in a range of workshops.
Titan is currently offering schools across North-West Birmingham the opportunity to become involved with discussions about a range of topics and current educational affairs. This includes, coaching and mentoring, the early years foundation stage and gifted and talented children within school. These sessions are held in different settings and are known as Communities of Practice (CoP), and enable staff from different schools to liaise and share good practice in order to improve outcomes for children.
For more information about the work that Titan complete, please contact them via the information provided on their website, www.titan.org.uk
UCB and Mayfield School have been working together for many years, and during this time we have supported each other with many initiatives and training.
UCB has been one of our biggest partners with regards to Initial Teacher Training and in supporting the development of students on a range of Level 3 courses, such as Health and Social Care. We are proud to offer many school placements to UCB students, and the feedback that we have received has always been very positive. Our staff work closely with the School of Education at UCB and this ensures that when students do visit us for placement, that they are supported in the best way and with a shared vision and values from both settings.
Mayfield School has also been involved with arranging staff professional development through UCB. This has included enabling Mayfield staff to access certain degree courses and additional qualifications, which can lead to qualified teacher status and other pathways. We were supported by a UCB lecturer to embed supervision into our daily practice for the Pastoral Team, which is having a positive effect and great outcomes for the team.
We have also used the skills of lecturers at UCB to deliver certain courses within school, including a coaching and mentoring Level 4 qualification. This was offered to all teaching staff and senior leaders within the school, and focused on improving the quality of dialogue and opportunities for both staff and pupils. From this, the school is now seeking to further develop and embed this work by working towards the Coaching Quality Mark.
We look forward to moving forward with the work that we do with UCB, and are excited by the possibilities that await in the near future.
Lime Tree Children’s Centre is located on the same site as Mayfield School, and caters for the local area. We have worked closely with Lime Tree staff since the centre opened and our Early Years Provision is predominantly based in one of the centre’s learning rooms.
This allows us to promote inclusion between the two early years’ settings and provides the children with a rich and well supported learning environment.
Whilst the children are based at Lime Tree they have access to a large outdoor play area and a separate inside space for multi-sensory work and smaller group activities. The centre has a range of resources that can be utilised to their fullest, including play equipment and a stay and play room.
We have encouraged professional development for all staff in the setting, including Mayfield staff, and offered training in Makaton and aspects of SEN that have been useful to all staff.
Much of the provision that we provide at Mayfield is focused around developing vital communication skills. We strive for all of our young people to have confidence in expressing themselves by finding their ‘voice’ through a range of communicative tools including speech, Makaton and PECs (Picture exchange system)
In addition we have a strong emphasis on the use of drama to promote communication and expression. At our HML site we have a specialist drama studio well-resourced to provide a range of stimuli that encourage our students to respond through speech, gesture and body language.
Over the last twelve months our key stage 3, 4 and post 19 groups have been working in close partnership with a drama specialist from the Birmingham Repertory Theatre. The aim of the partnership is to promote expression and communication through spontaneous play. The sessions have promoted self-esteem amongst our young people and allowed us to see our students grow through fun, improvised group activities.
Some of our post 19 students have worked closely with our drama specialist to create a devised piece of theatre. They have also had the opportunity to perform this piece in front of an invited public audience.
From September 2014, all new assessments for children and young people from birth to 25 years with Special Educational Needs or Disabilities will follow the Education, Health and Care Pathway.
The Governing Body at Mayfield school consists of parents, school staff and a range of co opted individuals who work together to guide and oversee the work in the school.