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Specialised Learning Group (Happy Hedgehogs)

Welcome to our Specialised Learning Group (SLG): The Happy Hedgehogs!

At William Lilley we pride ourselves on being fully inclusive and work extremely hard to provide a welcoming, educational learning environment which fully meets the needs of all families who choose us as their school.


Here in the Happy Hedgehogs we provide a bespoke, inclusive learning experience for children with significant additional needs, who find the constraints of a full-time, mainstream classroom too challenging.


We are somewhat unique in the experience we can offer the children in the Happy Hedgehogs. The children use the Happy Hedgehogs classroom as a base, some children working within the room full time and others sharing their time between the base and their mainstream classroom as appropriate for the individual at the time. This could range from one activity a week to daily lessons.


Led by our HLTA/Assistant SENCo Liz Bowler, our SLG has space for 8 children within a dedicated classroom environment supported by others areas around school such as our sensory room, climbing equipment and ‘the treehouse’ chill out space. The children are supported in ratios from 1:1 to 1:4, dependent on need and this includes outdoor times, lunchtimes and handover times.


Liz has a wealth of SEND experience, both within our school and other mainstream and Special school settings. She is supported by a consistent Team of dedicated Teaching Assistants, with experience of working with children with significant needs. Liz works in close liaison with Trudy McMahon, our experienced SENCo and Sally Beardsley, our Headteacher, thus ensuring all children are provided with high quality learning experiences that meet the individual needs of each child. We work closely alongside outside professionals to ensure our practice is current, robust and progressive.


Children within the Happy Hedgehogs are assessed using B Squared and individual, personalised targets are set for each child to ensure each of the children in our care achieve and maximise their potential. The activities taking place in the SLG are based upon the learning needs of the children and may include TACPAC, music, tactile sessions, art, PE, sensory stories, life skills and phonics.


Our Specialised Learning Group allows children to access the support and provision that a Special School may offer, whilst being in a mainstream environment with their peers. It is a very fluid provision, allowing children the necessary support as their needs change. The Happy Hedgehogs are very much an integral part of William Lilley, where we pride ourselves on the relationships that all children, both within the Happy Hedgehogs and the other classes within school, have with each other.


Scroll down and enjoy the photos...

Picture 1 Our Three Musketeers on World Book Day
Picture 2 Sensory exploration with jelly
Picture 3 Music
Picture 4 Exploring outside
Picture 5 Family Box
Picture 6 Our visit to the farm park
Picture 7 Learning about nocturnal animals
Picture 8 Exploring fireworks on the ipad
Picture 9 Planting sunflowers
Picture 10 Exploring coloured rice using our senses
Picture 11 Extending our learning in the sensory room
Picture 12 Learning about different nocturnal animals