“The school provides an outstanding, flexible curriculum which combines essential academic learning and vocational experiences for all pupils.” (Ofsted 2016)
Our Vision is to provide a challenging curriculum for this cohort that will see them develop into self sustaining young people who can enter the Job market or further their education 19+.
With a complex and wide range of talents, abilities and personal situations we will have to customise the curriculum to the learner. It will require flexibility but will have a clear progression route. We are clear in our commitment to ensure that all learners will follow the same core to their learning:
- Functional qualifications in Literacy, Numeracy, ICT
- Wellbeing / PSHE
- An applied learning option from our menu, including workplace opportunities.
- Options to extend students who are Gifted and Talented with a range of GCSE and BTEC options available
The school shall offer Edexcel functional skills qualifications from entry level 1 through to level 2. Edexcel GCSE options in Maths and English will be used appropriately to stretch students. It would be our clear intention to progress as many students as possible through to GCSE.
The schemes of work and syllabus content have been designed and tested within existing alternative provision. With ICT we will also offer Edexcel functional skills at entry level 1,2,3 and level 1 and 2 with the offer of OCR nationals at levels 1 and 2. Vocational studies will be linked to recognised national accreditation up to level 2.
Wellbeing / PSHE
This programme has been designed to promote emotional health and wellbeing through the use of activities based on innovative, evidence-based psychological approaches. It provides an experiential journey for learners, encouraging them to become more self-aware, think about the choices they make and explore the effects these choices have on their life. This is an evidence based approach developed by psychologists (initially Steve De Shazer) utilising Positive Psychology, Psychological coaching, and solution focussed brief therapy to support lasting positive change.
Included in the course options are taught units on the following topics:
Alcohol awareness; anti-bullying; friendship and working together; careers guidance; charities; community cohesion; drug awareness; finance; business and enterprise; gambling; health and well being focussing on obesity, smoking, healthy eating: stress and time management; law and politics; media influence; prejudice and discrimination; rights and responsibilities; sex and relationships education.
Applied Learning option
The over arching vision of our school is to see vulnerable young people transformed into independent and functionally confident adults, able to sustain themselves in an ever changing world. Our menu of qualifications and applied learning outcomes will enable us to offer an individual menu for each learner. Recognition for efforts will be emphasised by accredited outcomes in all aspects of curriculum delivery. Courses will benefit from over 90 NOCN units on offer, together with BTec and other industry standard qualifications. They cover the following applied areas:
- Hospitality / catering
- Hair / Beauty
- Music / creative media
- Motor vehicle
- Small animal studies / horticulture
Why do we believe that this curriculum offer is appropriate?
From the outset the rationale and vision has been to offer a curriculum that is bespoke, individualised, has real breadth and enables a clearly identifiable cohort opportunities to progress that do not currently exist within the area. Our support will be holistic, determined and sustained. We will work with the hardest to reach, support families and above all nurture confidence and belief with all participants.
We seek to offer best practice, that we have developed through previous experience in this field, with the synergy of recognised and high quality partners. We have a model that enables mixed age groups to exist, a curriculum model that is deliverable, effective and progressive and that will have at its heart a clear progression plan into independence, employability and further education. Working with partners, referrers and families we can provide a curriculum experience that is not only bespoke, it is highly customised, regionalised and significantly reduces the chance of young people becoming NEET and is at the heart of our beliefs, vision and curriculum offer.
The Department for Education (DFE) requires that all maintained schools publish the curriculum content for each academic year for each year group in each subject on their website. Because we wrap our curriculum around the needs of each learner, we are unable to publish detailed curriculum planning for each year group and subject. We therefore include an example of the curriculum content and how we deliver the national curriculum through cross-curricular projects that connect in with the individual needs and interests of each learner. For more information about our curriculum, please contact Office Manager, Nicola Holland who will direct your question to the most appropriate member of staff. Contact information for Nicola Holland can be found here.