I want to go to a school where:
I feel safe and I am recognised as a unique and special person who is always treated with respect by adults.
My privacy and dignity are protected and my personal care needs are handled with sensitivity. I am given as much time as I need to do things on my own. If I need help, staff talk through every step of the way.
I am given the opportunity to mobilise or navigate the school as independently as possible – guide me gently and only hold on to me if I ask for it, or if you really have to in order to keep me safe.
I am treated like any other young person and given the dignity of challenge – give me options and choices, and time to make those choices.
My attempts to communicate may need to be guided and shaped so that everyone can understand me – give me some tools.
I have access to simple and complex technologies that help me say what I want.
I am listened to – my views matter.
My behaviour is my attempt to communicate.
My achievements and learning are recognised, shared and celebrated. Make me feel good and be proud of what I can do.
The day is interesting and varied - lessons are interesting and fun and relate to my special learning needs.
Staff enjoy being around me – my school feels like a lively, friendly place.
There is a place I can go to where I can be by myself – sometimes I need space.
There are lots of good outdoor spaces that are accessible to me.
I enjoy my meals.
I can get out and into the community – learning can happen in all sorts of places.
There are lots of chances to meet and make friends.