Collett's Fundrasing Priorities for 2018/2019Looking ahead to the next academic year, the fundraising team have earmarked the following projects to be undertaken to expand The Collett School above and beyond the expected standards of a traditional special needs school.2018/19: Sensory EquipmentOur senses provide us with a means of interacting with society as well as helping us to understand and respond to the environment around us.Some pupils at The Collett School who have a diagnosis of autism, traits of autism, or have other complex learning disabilities, struggle to integrate or make sense of sensory inputs which often manifest as withdrawal, distress or challenging behaviour. These responses can often impact on progress, especially where sensory needs are not addressed effectively enough, leading to further barriers to learning.Addressing sensory issues by investing in sensory equipment should result in increased engagement with the curriculum and therefore improved learning experiences, along with greater opportunities for engagement in both school and non-school activities.2018/19: ToiletsCurrently, our student toilets are 50 years old and are not suitable for purpose. For example, our primary school toilets are simply too big for our pupils. It is not acceptable and a situation we are aiming to improve as soon as possible.Toilets and bathrooms in general are fantastic spaces for our pupils to learn key life skills that their parents are typically told by doctors they will never learn. Moments like these can be crucial developmental breakthroughs that lead the child towards other independent goals.2018/19: IT equipment and resourcesFurther to last year's initiative, we will be focusing once again on IT resources in the school. Modern living is defined by computer technology: the internet alone provides infinite opportunity and access to the wider world. Accessing the world is key to ensuring our pupils thrive in life, especially in the workplace (using Word and Excel can have profound benefits). This is why we prioritise this technology.There are also sensory benefits too. Some of our pupils are unable to communicate verbally and we use IT equipment to support children to express themselves, finding astonishing hidden depths with some children's usage. Sadly, most of the IT equipment we have has been discarded by other local mainstream schools or ended up broken. We need to update our current stock as well as expand to support our children’s sensory needs.