Shepherd School Nottingham Clip 1
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Patricia Lewis, Head of Upper School: It's a very dynamic all-age school, so the challenge for us is to provide different sort of curricula as the students progress through the school, and we also have students coming in at 16. Um, so again it's a, you have to change according to their needs. So it's very evolving.
Patricia Lewis: Does anybody know, who knows what work we're gonna do today?
Patricia Lewis: Bully, but can anybody remember the sign for bullying? Bully. Yeah, bully.
Patricia Lewis: The women's group has existed for about six years now and it, it arose really from noticing that some of the students are more comfortable talking in, in single sex groups. And we find that they work really well through drama, role play input, because that plays back to them often some of the, the things that they have seen or they have experienced.
Second woman: You got any money on ya?
Female student: Why should I give it to you?
Second woman: Well it's just, you know, I, I, I need some, I need some money for some cigarettes later.
David S Stewart, Headteacher: Bullying as we know is a national issue for youngsters, but in particular for people with learning disabilities, and indeed other disabilities. There is a, an understanding that they are more open to bullying, er, and we need to do a lot to empower them: how to stand up; how to tell other people what's happening.
Second woman: Yeah, if she gives me £5, I'll give her her beads back.
Female student: [CRYING]
Second woman: What do you think she should do Danielle? Yeah, you think she should get me the money?
Second woman: Why? I'm a bully? I'm not a bully. She's bigger than me. I'm not a bully.
Students: You are a bully.
Patricia Lewis: In the school, girl, girls are in a, in a minority, but I think as they go through the school they realise that they, they do have a voice and what we try to foster, particularly in the sixth form with the women's group, is the sense of there are people that they can talk to and if they feel more comfortable talking to women we are a, a sort of community of women and we can help them. Not to feel that they can't talk to the men, but I think it gives them a first point of contact. We do cover some quite complex sort of health, sex and relationship topics and where we run parent workshops alongside that, so parents also know what we're doing with the students, so that they do know about things, which perhaps people wouldn't expect them to know about. Um, and so, because otherwise they're going to be really, really vulnerable when they, when they leave to face the outside world.
David S Stewart: In a school we have young adults and they're very clear in terms of what they want a school to provide for them in a social setting. I mean ideally there would be a lot more in the community for them and that's something we're encouraging all the time, but there's not doubt that school can play a very large part in their lives.
Patricia Lewis: It's a measure of success that the students do go out at the end of their school lives happy that they are going out and feeling that they're ready to do that.