Support

At Bradford District PRU we provide a range of different therapies to support our students based on their individual needs.

A range of the therapies and interventions we provide are;

Art Psychotherapy

The art making process, within a safe and consistent relationship, enables our students to safely explore, communicate and consider their thoughts and feelings that underlie their behavioural difficulties.  We use a child led, mainly 1:1 approach, using theories such as attachment, object relations and psychodynamics, underpinned by developments in neurobiology and child development.   Art Psychotherapy is thought of as a three way process between the client, therapist and art materials.  The process includes the use of metaphor and symbolism as forms of communication of conscious and subconscious thoughts.

NLP

NLP is a pragmatic school of thought – an ‘epistemology’ – that addresses the many levels involved in being human.  NLP is a multi-dimensional process that involves the development of behavioural competence and flexibility, but also involves strategic thinking and an understanding of the mental and cognitive processes behind behaviour.  NLP provides tools and skills for the development of states of individual excellence, but it also establishes a system of empowering beliefs and presuppositions about what human beings are, what communication is and what the process of change is all about.  At another level, NLP is about discovery and exploring identity.

Speech and Language Therapy

The substantial Speech and Language Therapy Service at the William Henry Smith School aims to enhance life skills and academic success in students through a number of provisions.  We provide individual assessments, full reports and therapy aims to staff and parents on all students.  We facilitate both group and individual therapy sessions, which can focus on social skills development, auditory processing skills, working memory, visualisation and vocabulary enrichment.

Speech and Language Therapists work closely with Education staff to develop classroom strategies, enhancing communicative and learning environments and thus improve individuals’ access to the curriculum.

Educational Psychology

Our Educational Psychologist provides consultancy to the team, providing an overview of up-to-date academic abilities of individual students by using psychometric testing to assess cognitive skills.  With qualifications in Counselling Psychology, he provides an initial mental health screening using the Beck Inventory.  With his substantial experience in the field, he also offers skills in play therapy and hypnotherapy.

In collaboration with Martin Gibson, Vice Principal, he provides a frame of reference for therapeutic services.

Educational Psychology Team

The Educational Psychology Team (EPT) work with our students, and with the adults who are involved with them, in order to improve educational outcomes.

EPs work with underachieving students, students with additional needs, students with behavioural difficulties and other students who are failing to make progress despite school based interventions. They also work with students who are experiencing home based difficulties which are impacting on their attainment in school.

The work of the EPT involves clarification of the problem, assessment, analysis and joint problem solving. This may relate to individual students, groups or whole school issues. Parents are seen as a key contributor to this process and are invited to contribute at all levels.

An EP is able to provide guidance and advice for all aspects of child development and learning. Advice and support is also provided in relation to wider school or home issues where a psychological perspective can add value.

All EPs have extensive training and qualifications and it is a condition of their mandatory registration with the Health and Care Professions Council that they undertake regular professional development. This ensures that their work incorporates up to date thinking and information on a range of issues, including general education matters, SEN, psychology and the implications of research for practice in schools.

All of our EPs are registered with the Health and Care Professions Council and work within their code of conduct. All EPs receive regular supervision and an annual performance review with their line manager. Statutory reports are peer reviewed and all our training events and interventions are evaluated and analysed for quality and effectiveness.

As a Bradford school we have an allocation of time from the EPT and are able to purchase additional top up sessions. If you wish to speak to an EP, in the first instance this should be arranged via our Senco Ms H Bola.

Student Counselling

Recognising the importance of the supporting network around the student, the family counselling team offers therapeutic support to students and on occasions parents and carers.  By helping parents and carers to think about their child’s patterns of behaviour, the team can help facilitate ways of better understanding their children and the issues they may be conveying.  Our counsellors can provide strategies and techniques, to help maintain boundaries and find successful methods to communicate.  We also recognise that parents may need to help with the changes in their child as they develop and adjust to their new school.

Family Counselling

Whilst we do no work directly with Family Counselling we recognising the importance of the supporting network around the student, and on occasion offers therapeutic support to parents and carers.  By helping parents and carers to think about their child’s patterns of behaviour, the team can help facilitate ways of better understanding their children and the issues they may be conveying. We recognise that parents may need to help with the changes in their child as they develop and adjust to their new school.

Further information can be found here.

Speech and Language Therapy

Speech and language therapists provide life-changing treatment, support and care for children who have difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking and swallowing. A Speech and Language Therapist can support your child with mild, moderate or severe learning difficulties. Common difficulties that can be treated are language delay or language impairment such as;

  • specific difficulties in producing sounds
  • hearing impairment
  • cleft palate
  • stammering
  • autism/social interaction difficulties
  • dyslexia
  • voice disorders
  • selective mutism