Weʼre raising £1,000 to help fund the creation of a sensory room for children with special educational needs at St Andrew's C of E Primary School.
- Chinnor, United Kingdom
- Schools and education
- Time left
- 56 days to go
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Sensory rooms enable children with conditions such as autism, Asperger's and ADHD to thrive, feel safe, become calm and re-engage with education. They can also enhance overall behaviour and achievement of the whole school. When pupils with special needs know that they have a safe and appealing space to retreat to when it all gets a bit too much, disruptive behaviour in the classroom is minimised.
Sensory rooms also happen to be quite expensive to set up! Specialist lighting, textures, furnishings and fittings all add up.
St Andrew's C of E Primary School caters for children with special educational needs in a base which is separate from the main body of the school. As yet, there is no sensory room in this base. The space available for special educational needs provision has not been utilised to the best of its potential.
The potential benefits of a sensory room are insurmountable - and not only to those children with special needs, but to the whole school and the community beyond. For example, the presence of a sensory room can lead to increasing confidence and skills in self-regulation of behaviour in pupils with special needs, which can lead to an increase in inclusion of SEN children in mainstream lessons, which can lead to new childhood friendships forming, and the values of diversity and tolerance being nurtured in a positive way throughout the school.
Funds raised will be used to acquire specialist multi-sensory equipment that comforts, reassures, stimulates and engages pupils. In addition, fixtures and fittings will need to be removed and replaced as necessary (e.g. plug sockets, wall brackets), and the whole unit would benefit from a fresh coat of paint to provide a fresh, clean, appealing environment that is more conducive to learning.
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