Education: Stories of PDA


The 2018 survey conducted by the PDA Society highlights that the school environment does not work for many children with PDA. Positive experiences are sadly few and far between, but where they exist they provide a glimmer of hope. Successful placements necessitate a close working partnership between school and home, a whole school approach with strong support from the leadership team, a genuine commitment to inclusion and a positive, flexible approach.
 

Jupiter Community Free School and Arijana

Arijana’s classmates have adapted with ease and were very accepting that Arijana was ‘learning how to be in school’. This is in no small part down to the strong values and culture that permeates the whole school and the recognition that good practice in SEN education is good practice for all children. Download and read more...

 

Southgate Community Special School and Finley

As a class team we are constantly striving to improve our own practice and think of exciting and tempting ideas to engage Finley in learning activities. We have learnt so much from this journey but know we have so much more to learn too, most importantly though we have had a huge amount of fun and enjoyment in getting to know this wonderful young person. Download and read more...
 

PDA diagnosis & inclusive approach enable Rob to thrive in mainstream

Adopting a PDA-friendly and holistic approach to education together with a totally individualised curriculum and a reduced timetable has been ‘transformational’ according to Rob’s head teacher. His one-to-one teacher shares his journey and some top tips for others. Download and read more …



With huge thanks to the professionals and families involved in writing these case studies.