Maarten Crommelin

Deputy Headteacher at Bethlem and Maudsley Hospital School
Beckenham, UK

Mr. Maarten Crommelin has worked as a mainstream teacher for 15 years and as deputy headteacher at the Bethlem and Maudsley Psychiatric Hospital School for 13 years. Maarten manages teachers who address the educational needs of pupils who have been admitted for treatment at the Bethlem Royal Hospital and Maudsley Hospital in London. He worked as Headteacher of a medical children’s hospital school in London this year.



Short Description of the Lecture:

1. Engaging the Disengaged: Successful Learning by Pupils with ASD and Other in Disorders in Acute Psychiatric Hospital School Settings
This case study-based presentation will look at how the school addresses the learning needs of pupils with ASD at a time of crisis in their lives when they are requiring inpatient treatment in two prominent psychiatric hospitals. Using a series of assessments (some bespoke), teachers assess pupils rapidly following admission and plan a personalised curriculum which fits their needs. These assessments focus on standardised assessments of educational functioning and test behaviour. There are additional assessments on classroom functioning and well-being (happiness). Pupils will be with the school only whilst they are in hospital. There is a strong focus on planning for successful reintegration back to their mainstream or specialist settings.   Pupils will often be receiving treatment for conditions that have presented alongside their existing ASD diagnoses. Some receive diagnoses for ASD whilst in hospital. The session looks at 3 case studies where pupils made remarkable progress with their learning journeys.