Our ethos and aims at Ivy Lane School

Ivy Lane ethos and aims imageThe principal aim of Ivy Lane School is to enable each young person to develop independence through learning in school and a community environment that offers warmth, security and consistency. A purposeful and calm atmosphere will be encouraged through the professional approach adopted by all staff. Trust and a positive rapport between the young people we support and the staff underpin the ethos of the school.

We aim to meet the spiritual, social, moral and cultural needs of the young people we support by promoting the following principles:

  • Helping young people to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence;
  • Helping young people to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the law and other young people’s rights;
  • Promote positive behaviours for learning to help all the young people we support reach their full academic potential;
  • Encouraging young people to accept responsibility for their behaviour where this is possible and appropriate, given their specific needs and to show initiative and understand how they can contribute to community life;
  • Providing young people with a broad general knowledge of citizenship in respect of public institutions and services such as the police and emergency services, in England, at a level appropriate to their understanding;
  • Assisting young people to acquire an appreciation of and respect for their own and other cultures, in a way that promotes tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions.

Positive, non-aversive approaches are used to change or reduce the severity and frequency of complex and behaviours that may challenge. All behaviour is seen as meeting a particular need, or occurring for a specific reason. We therefore make sure we understand and identify what may underlie or trigger particular behaviours and what might be done to support change for such behaviours, which may challenge or trouble the young person and those around them.

By encouraging and reinforcing behaviour which is more positive and helpful for the individual, distress is reduced and the young person is supported and enabled to engage more positively in an enjoyable and meaningful life. This can of course take time and there are often ups and down in progress, but staff remain committed to enabling young people to maximise their potential. No actions that threaten the dignity of a young person are either used or permitted.

Equality, diversity, disability access and fundamental British values
There is a commitment to providing equal opportunities for young people with differing needs relating to culture, religion and beliefs.

Ivy Lane School supports young people who have English as an Additional Language (EAL) by providing access to resources in their first language. We will endeavour to produce written documentation in the preferred language and, where appropriate, the services of an interpreter will be sourced. We operate a ‘Total Communication Approach’ where young people have access to information in a range of formats including speech, signing and symbols.

Everyone we support, including staff, will receive fair and equal treatment based on their abilities or needs, in all aspects of our employment and service provision.

Hesley Group prohibits acts of unlawful or unjustifiable discrimination and respects the fundamental human right of every young person not to be discriminated against on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, gender and sexual orientation.

We are committed to promoting community cohesion within our services. We will strive to ensure that each young person and staff member is supported to realise their potential.

Our philosophy and practices are aimed at ensuring that everyone, whatever their background or their circumstances, have the support they need to be healthy, stay safe, enjoy life and achieve, make a positive contribution and attain economic well-being.

Ivy Lane School actively promotes the Fundamental British Values in our curriculum and everyday actions. All staff and young people are supported in displaying respect for the Fundamental British Values of democracy, rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect/tolerance of all faiths and beliefs.

Individual Learning Plans
Everyone has a carefully designed Individual Learning Plan (ILP) based on their specific needs and aspirations.

A clinical specialist speech and language therapist will work with each young person to help develop the best and most appropriate communication methods for them. Communication profiles will be detailed and specific to enable staff to ensure each individual has adequate time  to process information and make informed decisions.

Trust and relationships
Secure and familiar social networks are extremely important and these will be developed and built upon from day one, creating trusting and valued relationships with not only the individual, but also their immediate and extended family and friends, and our staff team.

Healthy living
At Ivy Lane School we encourage healthy living through support to engage in exercise, eat properly and develop confidence and self- esteem. During term time young people will enjoy lunch in the school dining room. Staffing levels are carefully monitored to encourage and support young people to make independent choices when selecting, eating and enjoying their meals.

Health and safety
We are committed to ensuring the health, safety and welfare of the young people we support and staff. Ivy Lane School and home will adhere to all procedures in place under Hesley Group’s Health and Safety Policy.

Keeping in contact
It is important that young people build positive and mutually respectful relationships. Young people who attend Ivy Lane School are supported and encouraged to keep in contact with their family and friends in the way that works best for them. To support this, each young person will have their own ‘Contact with Family and Friends Support Plan’ and we welcome visits to the school from families and friends. Key workers are responsible for regularly keeping parents updated on their child’s progress by phone, mail and email. Wi-fi is available across the site. 

Within the school day we also encourage and support young people to keep in contact by letter. Families and friends will be invited to the many events held by the school and wider Hesley Group such as seasonal celebrations and open days.