Why we must celebrate strengths, not just support weaknesses

“Neurodiversity may be every bit as crucial for the human race as biodiversity is for life in general. Who can say what form of wiring will be best at any given moment.”

Harvey Blume 1998

At Hatherop Castle we approach each learning style with an individualised approach to provide support to children throughout their entire school career. The type of support and teaching varies greatly, from different styles of instructions to an entirely individualised 1:1 lesson completed in the learning enrichment department. These lessons are tailored to each individual child and either will focus on any gaps there may be in their learning or stretch them further to expand their understanding of the topic.

The term neurodiversity describes the way in which a person may learn, this umbrella term can include but is not limited to a variety of different special educational needs which can sometimes create a barrier to learning. These conditions can include; autism, ADHD, dyscalculia, dyslexia, DCD/dyspraxia, epilepsy, developmental language disorder, and Tourette syndrome. These conditions do not necessarily mean that a child will struggle with learning but that their brain digests the information in a different way, meaning their approach to learning may differ to their peers. This creative and diverse approach to learning requires a new way of thinking and children with neurodiversity thrive when they are able to approach learning in the most suitable way for them. This may not be in a traditional linear approach but with the right support these children are able to achieve alongside their peers.

The team of staff at Hatherop use this information and their knowledge of each child to create learning experiences for the children that not only supports the children but gives them a real opportunity to shine within their lessons. Our small class sizes and personal approach to teaching provides all our children the best opportunity to not just learn and keep up but often to surpass their expectations.