Physical Activity

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I go to Carr Hill for PE. I play games with the girls. We are a team. They help me.

Leadership, Management and Managing Change

The Compass Centre

The Compass Centre opened in September 2015 as part of Pear Tree. It was a brand new build with state of the art facilities. Its aim was to improve the outcomes for young people with complex needs, autism and challenging behaviours.

A cohesive approach was developed with the 5 key elements of:

  • Communication
  • Functional Literacy
  • Functional Numeracy
  • Physical Development
  • Personal Development

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The staff work alongside the Speech and Language team to assess and devise communication programmes individualised for each student. They use a broad range of communication techniques, including PECs, visual timetables and Lego Therapy.

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Each student has a key worker who works with them on a 1:1 basis. A personalised timetable is devised to meet each student’s individual needs.  Functional Skills and Personal Development are an important part of this. The Compass Centre has a Life Skills room to develop self-help skills and classrooms to work on practical numeracy and literacy. some students are beginning to do work experience.

There is also facilities for those needing a more sensory approach. Julia Dyer ( has been  instrumental in helping to set up programmes for these young people.

Student comments:

“I like coming to Pear Tree. The staff are good. I like going out walking and shopping with Marie.”

“Wednesday is the best day. I go swimming. Friday is good too. Tallulah comes to school and I help Nathaniel. He is in Early Years.”

Staff from main school have been offered the opportunity to work in the Compass Centre as well as new staff being appointed. Additional CPD opportunities are being taken up which will benefit Pear Tree as a whole and fully integrate the Compass Centre into the Pear Tree family. This includes supporting young people in main school as well as those in the Compass Centre.

Physical Activity


AFC Fylde are starting a lunchtime club at Pear Tree.

Every Wednesday 12.30 – 1.00pm

Starting on 13th January 2016


British Values

British Values

At Pear Tree we are very aware that our young people can be extremely vulnerable in the world outside of school and home. We aim to give them the tools to protect themselves which will be including discrete sessions on the dangers of drugs, alcohol and tobacco.

The Government’s drive to establish British Values ties in well with this and the following information is what we do at Pear Tree to promote these values.

The DfE have recently reinforced the need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs“.

The Government set out its definition of British Values in the 2011 Prevent Strategy, and these values were reiterated in 2014. At Pear Tree these values are embedded in the curriculum.


Pupils have many opportunities for their voices to be heard through circle time and PSHE. We have a school council which meets regularly to discuss issues raised and support fund raising efforts. Upper School classes vote for two members in each class to represent them. Within School Council the posts for Chairman, minute taker, photographer and blogger are voted for, as are the classes they will represent in Lower School.

The Rule of Law

Pupils are taught the importance of Laws, whether they are those that govern the individual, the class, the school, or the country. They are taught the value and reasons behind laws, that they govern and protect us, the responsibilities that this involves and the consequences when laws are broken. Visits from authorities such as the Police and Fire Service help reinforce this.

Individual Liberty

Within school, pupils are actively encouraged to make choices, knowing that they are in a safe and supportive environment. As a school we educate and provide boundaries for all pupils to make choices safely. Pupils are advised how to exercise these rights and personal freedoms safely, for example through Online Safety, PSHE lessons and Themed Days.

Mutual respect

Mutual respect is at the heart of all our values. Children learn that their behaviours have an effect on their own rights and those of others. All members of the school community treat each other with respect.

Tolerance of those of Different Faiths and Beliefs

Assemblies are regularly planned to promote diversity either directly or through the inclusion of stories and celebrations from a variety of faiths and cultures.Our RE, PSHE and PE teaching reinforces this. Members of different faiths and religions are encouraged to share their knowledge to enhance learning within classes and the school. Children visit places of worship that are important to different faiths.





Emotional Health and Well Being

Keeping ourselves safe!

School Council and Fe have written a pupil friendly Anti-Bullying Policy which is displayed in all the classes. It is also attached to the whole school policy.


A symbol was chosen to be placed around the school for pupils to get if they were feeling unhappy or worried. In PSHE lessons and circle time they have been taught that they can take this to someone they trust. The pupils have also learnt that if they think someone else is upset they can take the symbol for them.


We were runners up in Chairman’s Challenge for this work.

Since this work Pear Tree has developed Personal Safety for our young people in all areas of their life, including online safety, Independent Travel and Fire Safety. This continues to be a priority.

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Lancashire Fire Safety personnel came into school and delivered a Fire Safety morning. We have been able to track how much the pupils have learnt through these sessions by questioning and role play.


Another one is scheduled for the Spring Term connected to Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco project. The NSPCC is also coming in to run two workshops about personal safety in the Spring Term to give the pupils a range of tools to help them keep safe.

Photos and pupil comments will follow about these sessions.


Work on online safety can be seen in a previous blog.


“Achieving the best in everything we do”

The school motto underpins everything that Pear Tree stands for and has driven the inclusion programme within the school so that everyone has the opportunity to achieve in different settings.


Working with their peers in mainstream and learning about the same things as their peers at St. Joseph’s CPS. Our pupils benefit massively from inclusion. It is as much about learning social skills as it is academic development.


The Seedlings and Pear Tree pupils interact with each other during an art activity. This is a positive role model for the Pear Tree pupil as it encouraged her to share and take turns with equipment during the activity.

Seedlings and Pear Tree pupils in RE “On the night you were born” sensory story. Seedlings acted as a model for one pupil showing him how to use his picture board. It also encouraged pupils to explore new props by showing excitement and engagement during the lesson.


Curriculum Planning and Implementation

From September 2014 the Government introduced new changes to the National Curriculum.

Pear Tree took this in its stride and came up with a plan to be ready for the changes:

  • Each teacher is subject leader for at least one subject. Guidance was given to all the teachers on how to be a successful subject leader
  • Every teacher was given time and resources to update their subject area in line with the new curriculum. This enabled them to adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of the children and young people at Pear Tree.
  • Policies, mapping and schemes of work were updated and were ready for implementation in September 2014
  • All teachers and TA3s were made aware of the changes, so their planning was in line with the new curriculum. This was then filtered through to all staff through the lesson plans


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Physical Activity

We have subscribed to the Sports partnership using the sports premium funding.

This supplies the school with coaching from outside agencies.

Our main coaching connections are with AFC Fylde


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I have done training. I can be a sports leader. It is good


Online Safety and the Pear Tree blog

As a school we have taken the problems posed by social networking sites extremely seriously. Both our young people and staff could be vulnerable without the proper guidance.

So what have we done:


  • Training on face book and twitter security
  • Safeguarding including PREVENT and LCC training about internet safety
  • Blog training
  • Use of ICT Policy updated to include online safety


  • PSHE Policy, Mapping and Schemes of Work updated to include all online safety, so lesson plans on personal safety to include online safety
  • Use of ICT Policy updated to include online safety
  • Booklet devised for pupils to take home and to use in class with simple guidelines for keeping safe
  • Guidance and support when using the school blog – each class has its own blogging area


  • Training course has been run about online safety
  • Booklet devised for pupils available for parents
  • Parents encouraged to look at blog and respond
  • Children’s Centre give out leaflets as appropriate
  • Any new advice made available to the parents

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