KS3 Curriculum

Learners in a Key Stage 3 group will receive a full and varied curriculum which includes: English, Maths, Science, Personal Development (PSHE), SEAL, ICT and targeted emotional Literacy (TEL) through Art, Cooking, Drama and PE as well as enrichment activities.

Baseline data of each learner is gathered at the point of referral. This data provides the benchmark from which personal progress can be measure. This information is analysed at teacher level and planning is individualised to meet the learners needs and narrow any gaps in knowledge they may have in their actual and expected knowledge. Interventions may be put in place if a learner is failing to make expected progress or a specific learning need is identified.

As all our learners have either Social, Emotional or Mental Health (SEMH) issues supporting development of these areas is a priority in our setting. Emotional Literacy is taught through in both discrete lessons of SEAL as well as being woven into other lessons.

In an afternoon, the taught sessions of Art, Cooking, Drama and PE focus on TEL- Targeted Emotional Literacy where the learning focus is on the learner’s individual SEMH needs identified through our 360 assessments.  Learners are grouped so that the sessions are tailored to help them make progress towards their own personal targets.  Where other issues arise such as drugs misuse, alcohol, personal health or safeguarding a range of agencies/professionals such as the NSPCC, YPDAS, school nurses, Police or Fire Service may be brought in to deliver sessions to support the specific needs of our learners.  Relationships and Sex Education is also provided at levels appropriate to the age and mature of the learner.

Timetable allocations 2017 -18

Single Registration Learners Dual registered medical needs learners*
English 3 x 1hr
Maths 3 x 1hr
Science 3 x 1hr
ICT 1 x 1hr
PE 1 x 1hr
Emotional Literacy/SEAL 4 x 1hr, 1 x 50mins 4 x 1hr
Personal development (PSHE) 1 x 1hr
Art 1 x 1hr 1 x 1hr
Cooking 1 x 1hr 1 x 1hr
Drama 1 x 1hr 1 x 1hr
PE 1 x 1hr
Humanities 2 x 1hr
Enrichment 3 x 50mins
Social Skills 5 x 35mins 4 x 35mins

* Dual registered medical needs learners are expected to spend Friday in their mainstream school instead of attending enrichment sessions to ease transition when they are ready to return full time