Our three key drivers are Communication, Wellbeing and Independence and Functionality

At Northern Counties School we support children and young people with a wide range of communication, learning, sensory and physical difficulties. We have three whole school key drivers that underpin our philosophy and all learning and therapeutic activities:

  • Communication – in all its forms. Our young people use a wide range of communication tools from their own tool box which could include British Sign Language, eye pointing, gestures, intensive interaction, PECS,  Sign Supported English, speech, VOCAs or writing to name but a few.
  • Wellbeing – we promote pupils’ wellbeing through supporting them to achieve positive physical and mental health outcomes by working closely with their families and health care professionals including paediatricians and local CYPS, CAMHS and Deaf CAMHS services. We embed opportunities throughout the curriculum to promote pupils’ self-esteem and to support them to self-regulate effectively. We engage with the wider community through a range of activities, including The Archbishop of York’s Young Leaders Award and the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. And we promote awareness raising in the wider community by working with other agencies including Northumbria Police and INTU by creating an accessible Santa’s Grotto.
  • Independence and Functionality – every pupil has access to a relevant and meaningful curriculum that is designed to develop skills, knowledge and understanding and provide real opportunities within which they can practice what they have learned.