Secondary Curriculum

Core Curriculum

Learners receive a full and varied curriculum which includes a core curriculum of English, Maths, Cooking, Emotional Literacy (TEL), Personal Development (PSHE), PE, Philosophy for Children (P4C), Outdoor Education, and science.  However, the development of literacy, numeracy skills and social emotional and behaviour management are priority with all groups to prepare our learners to take the next steps in their learning journey successfully.

Outdoor Education

We recognise that a full academic programme is not always appropriate and does not always meet need.  Through outdoor education learners are encouraged to develop practical ‘hands - on’ skills, which also aid communication and team building and preparation for the later stages of education, training and work.

Taught Emotional Literacy (TEL)

In these lessons, the focus is on the learner’s individual SEMH needs identified through our 360 assessments.  Learners are taught the skills they need to better regulate their behaviours and become more confident, resilient learners.

Where 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.

Interventions

On entry learners undergo a series of baseline assessments to identify where specific interventions are needed to fill gaps in their learning and/or development.  Once identified a range of interventions are put in place to best support the learners to make progress in closing these gaps.