Verbal Behaviour at Manor School


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Manor School has three specialist Verbal Behaviour (VB) classrooms, set up as an extension to the personalised learning we provide to all of our pupils. The VB classrooms are for learners who benefit from extra support with communication and behaviour for learning. They provide specialist teaching based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis/Verbal Behaviour.

Due to the success of our VB provision at Manor School our trust has also opened The Avenue, a school especially for pupils who will benefit from this teaching methodology on a long term basis. The Avenue currently hosts another 3 VB classrooms and we are looking forward to its expansion in the future. Kate Campbell is Head of School at the Avenue.

The Principal of the Brent Specialist Academy Trust (BSAT), Jayne Jardine was previously a head teacher in an outstanding ABA/VB school and successfully facilitated the use of ABA/VB in another local authority, all age special needs school. She is passionate about the progress pupils can make using this teaching methodology.

Our Head of Inclusion and Family Liaison, Emily Williams, has twelve years’ experience working in the field of ABA/VB and has had the opportunity to work with some of the leading consultants in the UK. She has really enjoyed the opportunity to establish and develop ABA/VB in the specialist classrooms at Manor School and at The Avenue. Emily is supported in her work by Emmy Norris (Inclusion Practitioner), Jessica Goff (Verbal Behaviour Supervisor) and a growing team of staff trained in the principles of ABA/VB.

Our VB Class Teachers, VB Group Lead, VB Tutors and VB Assistants receive extensive training and support from the Head of Inclusion and Family Liaison (Emily Williams), and Autism Lead (Amy McNicholas); as well as outreach consultancy from ‘Love ABA’. The pupils and class team also benefit from weekly input from our in-house Speech and Language Therapists and Occupational Therapists which is integrated in to group and individual sessions.

Pupils within the VB classes benefit from:

  • A higher staff to pupil ratio
  • Staff trained in the delivery of teaching based on the principles of ABA/VB
  • Staff who receive on-going training and CPD on the principles of ABA/VB, SaLT, OT, Autism etc.
  • A highly individualised curriculum, based on assessment using the B-Levels, VB-MAPP and Essentials for Living
  • The opportunity to increase prerequisite skills for learning in a group environment, preparing them for their transition back to our main classrooms
  • Input from SaLT and OT teams (both assessment and intervention)

Only pupils who currently attend Manor School in one of our main classrooms are eligible for placement into one of the VB classrooms. Pupils will be assessed for suitability based on the following admission criteria:

  • Absent or weak mand (requesting) repertoire
  • High scores on barriers to learning assessment
  • Skill set within Level 1 of the VB MAPP
  • Skill set within Level 2 of the VB MAPP with low manding scores and high barrier scores

Final decisions about admission will be made by the Principal, Jayne Jardine, following an assessment period.

If you have any questions, our Head of Inclusion and Family Liaison, Emily Williams, will be happy to discuss them with you.

Useful Links:

www.marksundberg.com/vb-mapp.htm – General information on VB Assessment

https://www.essentialforliving.com/ – General information on Essentials for Living Assessment

http://www.loveaba.org.uk/ – Love ABA