Tydeman Centre

“The outstanding provision for students based in the Tydeman Centre means they make outstanding progress in their work and personal development.” Ofsted, 2015.

The Tydeman Centre – Specialist Resourced provision for Language Disorder/Autism/Dyslexia

The Malling School incorporates the Tydeman Centre, offering specialist provision for pupils with language and communication needs.

Admissions are managed by the Local Authority but parents and carers are very welcome to ring for a visit or to attend one of our Open Days.

Children must have a statement of special educational needs or Education, Health and Care Plan for one of the following: 

  • a speech or language disorder
  • a high functioning autistic spectrum disorder
  • significant specific learning difficulties of a dyslexic nature

There should be no primary behavioural need.  Pupils must be capable of fully participating in the Centre’s inclusion programme.

Pupils admitted in Year 7 are taught in the Centre for the majority of their lessons.   They follow a structured inclusion programme into the main school which adds to the harmonious mix and supportive atmosphere.  A team of trained assistants is on hand to support pupils.

Pupils follow the National Curriculum, differentiated to meet their needs and with an emphasis on multi-sensory approaches.  All pupils study for GCSEs or their equivalent.  We have high expectations and an excellent record of pupil achievement.

We attribute much of our success to a very finely tuned tutorial system whereby each specialist teacher has responsibility for a ‘family group’ of about ten children.  They design a personalised learning programme of tutorials which are scheduled to occur regularly throughout the timetable.  The tutor assumes responsibility for the pastoral welfare of their group and for liaison with parents, staff and other professionals.

Vocational pathways

The Vocational pathway is designed to offer a personalised programme of study. Students applying to join the programme will need to apply. Applications will be considered using the admission criteria with priority given to pupils with an Educational Health Care Plan or statement of educational needs. Successful applicants will be invited to interview before final places are offered.

Currently students are taking a variety of pathways, choices this year include BTEC PE, Hair and Beauty, Art and Food. These choices are combined with the Work skills programme which currently includes a Level 1 qualification in Personal and Social Development and a Level 2 qualification in Employability Skills.

Students will be offered the chance to develop their employability skills with a programme of work experience related courses and/or a Land Based Study which they will attend one day a week.

The course includes mock interview days, practical activities and a chance to develop their social and communication skills in preparation for employment.

If grade C’s examination grades have not been obtained in English and Mathematics, then a level 2 qualification will be taken in NCFE Mathematics and English skills.

Some students will also be offered the chance to take other level 2 qualifications such as Nutrition and Health and Equality and Diversity studies.

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