St Thomas à Becket Catholic Secondary School

A Voluntary Academy


Communication & Interaction Resource

The Communication and Interaction at St Thomas a Becket is a provision provided by the local authority and part of SENSS, CIAT team.

The resource caters for students with ASD with the most complex needs, from across the district. Accordingly, all students have a Statement of Special Educational Needs (Statement), or an Education, Health, Care Plan (EHC Plan).

What we do

All students follow a broad and balanced curriculum that reflects their needs.

  • The amount of time spent in mainstream school will vary according to individual need.
  • All students will spend a significant proportion of their timetable in mainstream lesson supported by the Resource specialist staff.
  • Students may access additional core curriculum subjects in the Resource to establish gaps in knowledge and enhance learning.

Social skills development is timetabled as part of the curriculum. This includes:

  • Life skills and social skills groups that address current, relevant issues both in and out of the school environment
  • Informal social skills teaching, structured to run throughout the students daily routine
  • Lessons following relevant ASD specific schemes tailored to individual need
  • Supported access to local community activities/facilities
  • Lego therapy
  • Reverse Inclusion

Other personalized learning may include:

  • Anger Management/ strass management / coping skills
  • Sex and relationship education
  • Risk and resilience training
  • Emotional literacy
  • Specialist careers advice and access to specialist Connexions personal advisor
  • Independent travel training
  • Access to alternative therapies via external professionals
  • Talk and draw
  • Work experience
  • Pre and post teaching of curriculum subjects
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A voluntary academy. A member of the Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust.

The Bishop Konstant Catholic Academy Trust is an exempt charity regulated by the Secretary of State for Education. It is a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales, company number 8253770, whose registered office is at The Zucchi Suite, Nostell Business Estate, Nostell, Wakefield WF4 1AB.