The TaSSeLs system was developed as the result of a multi-agency approach to teaching and learning within two special schools in Sandwell, West Midlands: The Orchard School (for pupils aged three to 11 years) and The Meadows Sports College (for pupils aged 11–19 years). Both cater for disabled children and young people, whose needs spread across the continuum of severe learning difficulties through to those with complex and profound learning disabilities, including some with severe visual and hearing impairments.
‘Participating in the TaSSeLs Project has been a fantastic opportunity to support the development of an innovative and exciting communication system. We have witnessed some wonderful responses from many children. In many cases these children have previously had little way of communicating with and affecting the world around them. TaSSeLs provides a step by step guide for both practitioners in school and parents/carers at home allowing us to work consistently to support the children in developing their communication skills.’
Helen Atkins – Head teacher, The Orchard School
‘The innovative TaSSeLs project has made a tremendous impact on reducing barriers to learning for students with complex needs. Staff, parents and carers involved in the project noted that students made better progress in their understanding and communication. This system has helped to develop the talents of our students and our staff.’
I recommend TaSSeLs to you unreservedly.’
Gordon Phillips – Principal, The Meadows Sports College