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Drumbeat School & ASD Service

Drumbeat School & ASD Service’s Local Offer provides information, in one place on our website, about how we support young people with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) throughout their time with us. Our Local Offer describes how we support children in their day-to-day education.

Drumbeat School & ASD Service works in partnership with Lewisham Local Authority (LA). Lewisham’s Local Offer can be found here.

Lewisham’s Local Offer sets out information about the specialist services, schools, colleges and organisations that can provide support for families of children and young people with SEND. For example, it explains procedures for requesting an assessment for an Education Health and Care Plan (EHCP), which is replacing the Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN). You will also find information about:

  • Where to go for advice and guidance on SEN and Disability matters
  • Arrangements for resolving disagreements and mediation

Drumbeat’s Local Offer

Drumbeat School is a community special school for children and young people (CYP) with autism and learning difficulties.  Drumbeat provides a specialist autism-specific environment for CYP aged between 4 and 19 years.

All prospective pupils must have a Statement of SEN or an EHCP and a diagnosis of autism.  Their attainment is significantly below age-related expectations and some CYP may present challenging behaviour.  Generally speaking, the CYP’s needs cannot be met full-time in a mainstream school. 

‘Tried and Tested’ ASD teaching approaches.  

The following teaching approaches are used at Drumbeat to support pupils’ access to the curriculum.  Drumbeat does not subscribe to a single approach, but uses the best from a mixture of approaches according to CYP’s needs.  

  • Social Stories
  • PECS
  • Attention Autism
  • Intensive Interaction
  • Makaton signing
  • Superflex and the social thinking curriculum

Human Resources

Drumbeat has well trained staff with experience of working with CYP with autism. Drumbeat strives to work in a transdisciplinary way, i.e., teachers, teaching assistants, psychologists, therapists and counsellors all working together to do the best for the pupils and putting the child and the family at the centre.  In terms of professionals, Drumbeat’s staff includes: 

  • Teachers, Higher Level Teaching Assistants and Teaching Assistants,
  • A school employed therapy team including: Part time Clinical Psychologist(1 day per week), Part time Speech and Language Therapist (3 days per week) and Part time Counsellor (1 day per week)
  • Speech and Langage Therapy Services provided by Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust
  • Drumbeat’s in-house therapy team comprises the following:
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Clinical and Educational Psychology, Counselling and Behaviour Advice 
  • Family Liaison and Support

The therapy team works in the school on a universal level, providing training, group work, and advising on class based strategies to support children’s emotional and psychological well being, language and communication, social development and independence.  More specialist and targeted work is provided to the pupils on a needs led basis. This work occurs in conjunction with class teaching teams, Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust therapists, social care professionals and, of course, families.

Strategies to support/develop communication and literacy (including speech and language programmes) 

  • Read Write Inc. programme
  • Writing without Tears programme
  • Talking mats
  • Aided language boards
  • Colourful semantics
  • Jolly phonics
  • Derbyshire language scheme
  • Blank’s level of questioning 
  • Objects of reference 
  • Communication Key Rings
  • Comic Strip Conversations

Strategies to support/develop numeracy 

  • Specialist Maths teaching
  • Mathletics 

Strategies to support behaviour management 

  • School employed Clinical Psychologist in the Drumbeat Therapy Team
  • All staff trained in Team Teach de-escalation and positive handling
  • Team Teach employers tutors in school
  • Behaviour Support Plans (BSP)
  • Stressbusters 
  • Legotherapy
  • Sensory circuits
  • Social stories 
  • Parallel curriculum 

Social skills programmes 

  • Personalised Plans (PPs)
  • Legotherapy
  • Superflex and social thinking curriculum
  • Girls group and boys group

Strategies to enhance self-esteem/promote emotional wellbeing 

  • Young Lewisham Project
  • Drama workshops
  • School football teams
  • Bike club
  • Residential school journeys
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Yoga sessions
  • Horse riding, swimming, etc 

Access to a supportive environment – IT facilities/equipment/resources (inc. preparation) 

  • Interactive whiteboards in every classroom
  • Pupil access to laptops and iPads
  • Music and media suite (including iMacs)
  • Soft play room
  • Sensory rooms
  • Interactive sensory room
  • Gym, including running machine, rowing machine, cross-trainer 
  • Dance area
  • Library (including computers and iPads)
  • Training room and parents room

Support/supervision at unstructured times of the day including personal care 

  • A range of lunchtime activities / clubs offered
  • Trained staff to supervise break/lunchtimes
  • Extended Services offering clubs during holiday periods
  • Toilet training in partnership with families and school nurse
  • Disabled access toilets and showers
  • Lift access

Strategies/programmes to support Occupational Therapy 

  • Access to specialist equipment to support OT needs e.g. weighted jackets, specialist cutlery, sensory toys etc.
  • Sensory Circuits
  • Sensory Diets
  • Sensory Profiling

Access to medical interventions 

  • Visiting school nurse
  • Visiting consultant paediatrician 
  • Personal Care Plans
  • Staff trained in relevant conditions and emergency medication e.g. asthma, epilepsy, allergic reactions, sickle cell etc
  • Trained First Aiders
  • Qualified Paediatric First Aiders

Planning and assessment 

  • Drumbeat Assessment & Data Framework
  • Drumbeat Purple Pathways marking & feedback policy and framework
  • SOLAR assessment system
  • EYFS Early Excellence Baseline Assessment (EExBA)
  • EYFS Curriculum
  • Drumbeat Primary Curriculum
  • Drumbeat Secondary Curriculum
  • Drumbeat 6th Form Curriculum
  • Annual Reviews of EHCP
  • Personalised Plans
  • Personal Education Plans (LAC)
  • Behaviour Support Plans (BSPs)

Engagement with parents/carers 

  • Family forums
  • Parent workshops
  • Home school book
  • Newsletters
  • Termly Parents Evenings
  • 3 Parent Governors
  • Coffee Mornings
  • Class assemblies and school productions
  • Annual Review process
  • Text messaging service

Liaison/Communication with External Professionals 

  • Paediatricians at Kaleidoscope 
  • School nursing team
  • Educational Psychologist
  • Lewisham Social Care Children with Disabilities Team
  • Lewisham & Greenwich NHS Trust Speech and Language Therapy
  • MAPP

Arrangements for specialist expertise in school 

  • Several staff with specialist postgraduate qualifications in Autism to Masters level
  • In house Team Teach Employers Tutors
  • In house Autism Education Trust (AET) Regional Hub Tutor
  • Highly Qualified Therapy Team employed by the school including; Clinical Psychologist and Speech and Language Therapist 

Arrangements for specialist expertise from outside school 

  • Drumming Tutor
  • Drama Workshops (Mousetrap)
  • Sports Coaches (Millwall FC)

Monitoring and evaluating the impact of the ‘additional and different’ arrangements – on progress and outcomes for pupils with SEN 

  • Achievement data analysis
  • Personalised Plan achievement review
  • Provision mapping and intervention audit
  • Pupil Premium analysis and report
  • Behaviour monitoring and analysis