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Our Universal Offer

All pupils attending Oakley School have a differentiated curriculum, to meet their individual needs and their Educational, Health and Care Plan Outcomes and Targets. We achieve this by providing a Universal Offer that all parents and carers can expect their child(ren) to receive while they are at Oakley School. Some pupils will also need some targeted and specialist support t meet specific needs with highly specialist input. These may be provided via special learning interventions and / or by therapists, (Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Physiotherapy).


Skills for Life and Independence is central to our Universal Offer.

We achieve this by developing:

  • Self-help and independence skills
  • Personal care schedules and personalised routines
  • Specialist and adapted equipment, including cutlery, cups, pens, writing slopes


A specialist learning environment that is adapted to meet the needs of pupils.

This includes:

  • Class sizes of approx. 10 pupils.
  • Highly skilled staff to meet pupils’ SEND.
  • A Creative Curriculum that is differentiated and personalised to meet the needs of all pupils.
  • An environment with specialist facilities: Life Skills rooms, Sensory Integration rooms, Multi Use Games Area (MUGA), Magic Carpet, Forest School, Soft Play, Playground spaces in each Phase.

Social, Emotional and Mental Health.

Strategies include:

  • Use of Zones of Regulation to support emotional regulation and wellbeing
  • Access to Thrive interventions
  • Interoception



Sensory Integration strategies develop fine and gross motor and coordination skills.

We achieve this by using interventions such as:

  • Clever Fingers
  • Handwriting and visual perception
  • Typing and using technology to record work in class



Sensory based strategies to support sensory integration.

This includes:

  • Sensory Circuits
  • Sensory Diets
  • Weighted blankets/vests and jackets
  • Sensory resources to maintain attention and engagement


A Total Communication approach is consistently used across the school so that pupils are provided with the best possible communication environment to utilise and develop their functional communication.

Strategies are shared with class teams and families to promote communication and the generalisation of skills, such as:

  • Speech development
  • Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS)
  • Makaton
  • Attention Autism (Attention Oakley)
  • Voice Output Communication Aid (VOCA)
  • Communications Books
  • Visually supportive information