Throughout the curriculum, we aim to foster independence, empowerment and resilience by developing our pupils’ abilities to communicate effectively; encouraging them to become ambitious and aspirational in all that they do whether preparing for employment or leaving to specialise in an area of further education.
Sixth Form builds upon individual starting points through our differentiated Pathways programme that is full of challenge and opportunity for all the students. Learning Pathways are specifically designed to prepare our students for adulthood in a way that is appropriate to their needs and aspirations and to enable the highest level of independence for their journey through adulthood.
Our Pathways range from Entry Level qualifications focused around personal progression and life skills, to GCSE’s, long term work placements and “light-touch support” for vocational qualifications in main-stream colleges.
Lessons are practical, engaging, rewarding and realistic, providing a wealth of experiences that encompass the ethos of the school values. We create a secure and nurturing environment, where pupils are actively encouraged to reach their full potential in readiness for their future as meaningful and responsible adults within the wider community.
English and Maths are essential areas that we strive to progress throughout our curriculum to improve overall accessibility for learners in adult life. We will challenge individuals but will not be exclusively governed by academic qualifications. We aim to raise functional capability in English and Maths which will naturally lead to qualifications in functional skills or unit based awards to recognise their achievements and progress.
Where pupils have capacity to increase their grade at GCSE level for English and Maths we will work on discrete concepts to facilitate accessing the qualification.
Communication is embedded throughout the curriculum. Pupils are encouraged and supported in the use of fluent, fully structured sentences in all areas of life and are exposed to a variety of reading materials including fiction, non-fiction and current affairs. Pupils also develop their communication and reading skills in diverse settings such as at work experience, in social situations, at college, when shopping and during travel.
All pathways benefit from a “Family Day” which comprises of two elements. The first element focuses on money, travel, food preparation and shopping. Students visit areas of our local community, engaging in shopping trips and shopping for the required ingredients. Students then practise health, safety and hygiene within a food preparation environment and become confident in preparing and serving food to others. They develop an understanding that diet is integral in remaining a healthy young adult. The second element focuses on a number of other areas such as self care, time management, housekeeping, laundry and leisure - all integral elements in preparation for adulthood.
Where appropriate learners will be allocated work placements as part of their weekly timetable. These placements are vital in developing employment skills and knowledge of work and the responsibilities involved. We appreciate that learners need varied amounts of support to access work placements and this will be appropriately built in. Placements can be local to a learner’s home if they live out of area however, on occasions, it may be necessary for them to travel.
This Pathway has been designed to provide a highly structured curriculum for our students who benefit from a high level of intensive support and intervention. Students experience a highly supportive and nurturing environment and are encouraged to transfer learnt skills from Key Stage 3 and 4 to a variety of real-life activities. We focus the curriculum around the functional elements of literacy and numeracy skills that students will need as they enter adulthood. They benefit from discreet learning of literacy and numeracy combined with a blended learning approach across the curriculum. Blended learning enables students to overlearn skills and is delivered through a variety of opportunities including technology, practical activities and where appropriate written format. Repetition of skills encourages students to apply and develop confidence in their learning in a wide range of life activities. This pathway benefits from a “Family Day” where students visit areas of our local community, engaging in shopping trips and local leisure facilities.
All students enjoy on-site work experience learning skills in managing money, health and hygiene, food preparation, and customer service. By the end of year 3 students will have completed a vocational “Link Course” at college in readiness for their progression onto further supported education.
Students who leave Sixth Form will be fully prepared for an ongoing life of learning and enthused with a desire to be the best version of themselves that they could be.
Pathway 2 and 3
These Pathways have been designed for pupils who have a developing sense of independence and would benefit from up to 3 years of nurturing and preparation before taking their next steps to college or employment. The curriculum is delivered in a learning environment that is positive, stimulating, challenging, motivating, rewarding and fun. We develop enjoyment of learning, using a creative approach, encouraging high levels of achievement for all. As a direct result, our students develop high levels of personal self-confidence and self-esteem.
Pathway 2 and 3 pupils will have gained qualifications in numeracy and literacy at Key Stage 4 and are now looking to enhance these outcomes to further support college and job applications when they move on from the Sixth Form.
In addition to the English and Mathematics, students will continue to extend their Personal and Social Education through accredited courses covering a variety of topics that will ensure they confidently enter young adulthood; be that in a supported or independent environment. Students develop their social skills, being able to make and maintain social relationships, whilst developing themselves and working towards goals (individually and as a group).
All Students develop an extensive knowledge of how to practise health, safety and hygiene within a food preparation environment and be confident in how to prepare and serve food to others. They will understand that food is integral in remaining a healthy young adult.
Students have a firm foundation of knowledge regarding their own personal rights and responsibilities and will be actively encouraged to use and apply these on a daily basis, both within the school environment, in their community and beyond. Our experiential learning curriculum enables students to become confident in managing their own money through “Family Days” and residential visits providing opportunities to use these skills in ‘real life’.
Outside of the classroom environment students in Pathway 2 and 3 engage in a variety of experiences to enhance their own lives. They learn the importance of being able to travel safely and how to access a variety of public transport facilities.
Pupils are supported by our Moving-On Coordinator who ensures that all students complete a regular work experience placement and access link and vocational college courses.
Pathway 2 and 3 pupils will be confident young adults who look forward to their next steps in life and are fully prepared to access supported college courses as a stepping stone to job- related learning and employment.
This Pathway has been designed to further support and develop our more independent students who are moving towards fully independent living, Level 1 and above, “main stream” college courses and employment, with options for supported internships and apprenticeships.
Students become confident and competent in independent cooking skills as well as the skills required to successfully care for a home, garden and world of work. They will be adept and have a good understanding of how to make financial decisions including knowing what to expect from pay and payslips in their future careers.
Our Moving-On Coordinator organises Work Experience opportunities to enable students to fully understand the world of work and the expectations of being part of the wider community. Students engage in other learning opportunities as necessary via outside agencies and will also be encouraged to take part in enterprise projects to enhance their understanding of how to raise money for a given charity.
Pathway 4 students will leave Sixth Form as fully prepared young adults, who are eager and ready to pursue the next step in their life journey and are equipped with the knowledge required in order to do this as independently as possible.
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Maths / English / PSHE
For more information about the Sixth Form Curriculum on Maths, English and PSHE please see the relevant Subjects on the Our Curriculum Page