Myrddin Special Unit
School name: Myrddin Special Unit
Headteacher: Julian Parker
Number of pupils: 28
Pupils at Myrddin Special Unit in Carmarthen have taken part in a fun learning experience.
During a live music performance by a folk band, the 28 children danced and also conducted.
The music was provided by “Live Music Now”.
Ceri Lilly, teacher in charge of Myrddin Unit said: “It was well worth it for pupils with additional learning needs, profound, severe and autistic.”
The school has live music at the end of every term, as a treat for the children.
“Our pupils are difficult to engage with, and some are non verbal,” said Ceri.
“They can all be included in these sessions. One little boy danced in the doorway rather than come into the hall, but that was lovely to see.
“The musicians talked about their instruments and interacted well with our pupils.
“It was a lovely, lively, fun learning experience.”
In an Estyn inspection in November 2015 the Unit, which is attached to a mainstream primary, was judged as “good” in all three key questions as part of an overall judgement combining the Unit and mainstream.
There were no recommendations for action for the Unit and many ‘excellents’ including:
• "The provision for pupils with additional needs in the Myrddin Special Unit, is a strong feature of the school. Staff working in Unit classes provide carefully planned specialist teaching and support that matches individual needs well. They plan an effective multisensory curriculum with interesting learning experiences that focus on activities to develop pupil's communication skills and improve their well being. The use of ICT is a notable strength at the Unit."
• "The partnerships developed for pupils at Myrddin Special Unit is a significant strength at the school. These enhance provision significantly. For example, a strong partnership with businesses in the local community has enabled the school to purchase innovative high quality sensory resources to equip a specialist teaching area. This equipment allows pupils with significant disabilities participate in activities they would not otherwise be able to experience, such as making music. Teachers and Leaders provide advice and training to staff from a wide range of other schools. They welcome pupils for short term or longer-term visits and open the building for the use of groups working with children with special needs. These initiatives help to extend best practice in specialist additional learning needs education to many other schools in the consortium."
“All comments on the Unit were very positive, including leadership, provision, learning outcomes, and prospect for improvement, which is great for a very small specialist provision like ourselves” said Ceri Lilly.
The Unit also received an award in December from the Family Information Service in Carmarthenshire County Council, for partnership working.
The Unit shared information with their families regarding the services on offer from the Family Information Service - who can support parents with childcare at home, especially for parents trying to get back to work.
They offer advice on benefits available, and any services parents are entitled to.
The Unit held a meeting, displayed posters, and sent home the information in a parents letter and on our social media.
Family Information Service officers were invited to the Unit’s Christmas concert, to allow parents to speak to them face to face, if needed.