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The Hope Centre

Helping students achieve their potential


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The Hope Centre is the name of our specialist educational provision. It is based in a purpose-built and well resourced building in North West London.

Who do we support?

  • Children and young people aged 3–19 with a wide range of learning disabilities and educational needs
  • Gifted underachievers, so that they can achieve their learning potential.
     

What do we do at the Hope Centre?

Boy studying at Hope

The Hope Centre provides holistic, multi-disciplinary assessments and runs intervention programmes, all designed to meet each student’s needs. Our highly experienced team is made up of teachers, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and educational psychologists. They work together to identify the student’s needs and to devise and monitor joint targets. This approach gives parents, as well as other professionals, a comprehensive picture of the child which helps ensure that every student makes the best possible progress.

Playground at Hope

The Hope Centre specialises in developing children’s thinking skills. All our teachers and therapists are trained in specialist approaches, designed to help children become confident and independent learners. This work is based on a unique methodology devised by Professor Reuven Feuerstein and includes the structured programmes he developed. It also uses programmes which have evolved from Feuerstein’s pioneering work.

At the Hope Centre, every student is an active participant in the learning process. We help each child to become more consciously aware of their own thinking processes. This is,so that he/she will be better equipped to adjust and refine those processes, which will lead to more efficient and flexible thinking.

With us, students develop fundamental cognitive skills such as how to stay focussed, plan, compare and prioritise. These skills are essential for studying subjects that are part of the curriculum as well as for everyday life.

Boy doing occupational therapyWhat services do we provide?

Assessments

  • Specialist multi-disciplinary assessment. This includes Occupational Therapy, Speech and Language Therapy and Educational Psychology
  • Dynamic Assessment, which assesses a student’s learning potential and identifies strategies which will enable them to optimise their learning
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Educational Psychology Assessments.

Intervention

  • Mediated Learning. A specialist teaching approach which can be used on a one-to-one basis or in small groups
  • Instrumental Enrichment (IE). A structured thinking skills programme which strengthens cognitive functions (the ‘building blocks’ of thinking). It helps people become more efficient, flexible and motivated thinkers
  • Occupational Therapy. This includes specialist programmes such as Sensory Integration and Listening with the Whole Body
  • Speech and Language Therapy, including parent-child interaction
  • Specialist Literacy and Numeracy Support
  • Philosophy for Children. An approach which encourages children to think more deeply and critically
  • Thinking maps. A series of graphic organisers with carefully targeted cognitive purpose
  • Training and workshops. For teachers, psychologists, LSAs, parents and carers, both at the centre and in the form of bespoke INSET training in schools
  • Workshops and courses. For parents/carers, teaching assistants and teaching professionals.  Each year we deliver an ‘Introduction to Thinking Skills’ course to support parents in developing independent thinking in their children
  • Whole School Thinking Skills Projects. Run within schools, this includes INSET training, co-teaching with staff and small groups for children at risk of failure.

Information about our courses

Instrumental Enrichment training programme 2014-2015

Training in Feuerstein's renowned Instrumental Enrichment training programme will enable participants to teach their students 'to learn how to learn' and improve their thinking skills. This approach is highly associated with the best practices in teaching, leading to successful learning and increased motivation of students.

The course is suitable for psychologists, teachers, SENCOs, speech and language therapists and parents who work with children aged nine and over, adolescents and young adults.

Part 1:

9-11 February 2015 and 10-11 March 2015, 9.15am–4pm

Theory, applied concepts and the four foundation instruments of the IE programme.
(Organisation of Dots, Orientation in Space, 1, Comparison, Analytic Perception)

Part 2:

11–13 May and 10–11 June), 9.15am–4pm

(Categorisation, Illustrations, Family Relations, Temporal Relations, Numerical Progressions)

Please note, the last five instruments of the programme will not be taught in the coming academic year, but will be added in 2015–2016.

The cost will be £550 per person for part 1 and £550 for part 2. Total cost is £1,100. This includes instruments, all training materials and registration as an internationally accredited IE practitioner by the Feuerstein Institute.

Book before 20 October 2014 and receive a 10 per cent discount.

For further information, read our brief introduction to Instrumental Enrichment.

Understanding how to set up sensory diets at home and school

Gain a basic understanding of sensory processing disorders and practical advice from Joanne Solomon and Jenny Meyer, Paediatric Occupational Therapists from The Hope Centre.

  • When: Wednesday 5 November 2014, 10am–1pm
  • Where: The Hope Centre
  • How much: £20 for parents, £35 for school staff or other professionals

Limited places! To book, please call The Hope Centre on 020 8809 8240.

Suitable for parents of children with sensory processing disorders and professionals who work with them.

Download a leaflet about the course.


 

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Term Dates 2014 / 2015

 

Autumn Term 2014

INSET: Thursday 4 and Friday      
5 September
Students begin: Monday 8 September 
Half Term: Monday 27 October to Friday 31 October (inclusive)
Students begin: Monday
3 November

Last day of Term: Friday 19 December 

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Spring Term 2015

INSET: Monday 5 January  
Students begin: Tuesday 6 January 
Half Term: Monday 16 February to Friday 20 February (inclusive)

Students begin: Monday
23 February  

Last day of Term: Friday 27 March

Summer Term 2015

INSET: Monday 13 April
Students begin: Tuesday 14 April
Last day of Term: Friday 22 May
Half Term: Monday 25 May to Friday 29 May (inclusive)

INSET: Monday 1 June
Students begin: Tuesday 2 June  
Last day of Term: Monday 22 July
INSET: Thursday 23 July

​Please notify us if your child will not be attending due to festivals or planned school trips
Hope requires 6 weeks notice if you wish to end your child's programme

To apply to the Hope Centre, please download and complete our: Application Form

How to find us

228 Walm Lane
London
NW2 3BS

Please be advised there is NO PARKING available at The Hope Centre. Local transport and parking options are available here.


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The Hope Centre is a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales No. 3171884.

Registered Charity No. 1056674, Registered Address: Broadway House, 80 - 82 The Broadway, Stanmore, Middlesex HA7 4HB.

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Telephone: 020 8809 8809

Email: info@norwood.org.uk


Thank you for all the amazing work you have done with Jake. You have given us all such great support and guidance. We are so thrilled to have our vibrant, funny, engaged Jake back.

A parent whose son was supported by Hope

The Thinking Skills project run by Hope has been extremely beneficial to the children who took part in this intervention. [As a result of] this intervention & other strategies run at the School, two of the six children have now been taken off the SEN register. This is a pleasing outcome!

Special Educational Needs Coordinator at a local primary school