Woolwich Polytechnic Designated Specialist Provision is for pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD) and ASD.
Admissions to Woolwich Polyechnic DSP are made through the RBG SEN.
The criteria is as follows:
Woolwich Polytechnic DSP will have capacity for 15 students in key stage 3 and 4.
The DSP will open in September 2020 for students whose primary need is ASD along with MLD.
Students are supported by specialist staff within the provision which comprises of two main classrooms, a lifeskills area, sensory garden, outside learning space, sensory room and access to own toilet area.
The DSP aims to provide students with the best possible learning environment to meet their individual needs and for students to develop social, independent skills and gain qualifications relevant to their next steps.
We work closely with parents/carers along with a range of other professionals involved with each individual student.
This can include Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, CAMHS, Outreach services, Children with Disabilities team and health professionals.
Students have their own personalised timetable based on their individual needs which includes mainstream lessons along with accessing the curriculum and interventions within the DSP. Many of these lessons include practical activities which support independence and tolerance of new sensory stimuli.
The DSP provides specialist interventions to help develop the student's communication, interaction, self regulation and independence.
Specific Teaching Approaches
Students are supported in developing language and communication skills through 1-1 and small groups. Interventions may also include Attention Autism, fine and gross motor skills, social skills, life skills and travel training. Students also engage in a range of physical activities to develop key skills and support wellbeing. These include trampolining, swimming and yoga.