At Percy Hedley we have three Key Drivers:

  • Communication
  • Wellbeing
  • Functionality and Independence

By optimizing Communication, we empower children to have a voice, express their thoughts, desires and wishes and be heard. We believe that communication is vital for thought, enables literacy, which in turn unlocks access to all other subject areas.

By optimizing Wellbeing, we enable children to live healthier lives, make sensible choices and enhance their physical and mental health, leading to lower demand for medical services. Wellbeing underpins quality of life and engagement, leading to improved attendance, attitudes to learning, progress and less time lost from learning opportunities. Sex and Relationship Education (SRE) forms part of our focus on wellbeing (PHS Sex and Relationship Policy)

Finally, we believe that learning must be purposeful and pupils should be enabled to apply their learning in functional, ‘real world’ contexts wherever possible. Functionality and Independence stresses that depth of learning and teaching for understanding are critically important and this leads to pupils who are able to apply their knowledge across different contexts and time. This together with life skills and personal independence are critical to adult life.

Please click the link below to see the approaches we use to embed these drivers across all we do, and how they are interlinked.

Key drivers

Each class completes a range of activities and sessions aimed at developing pupil progress within the key driver areas. Click on the links below to see how this is done in each department.

Early years

Wellbeing Mind Map EY KS1 2016

Communication Mind Map EY KS1 2016

EY Functionality and Independence


Speech and Language KS1/2

Functionality drivers KS1&2

Communication drivers KS 1&2

Wellbeing driver KS1&2


KS3 Speech and Language 

KS3 S&L functionality

KS3 S&L wellbeing

KS3 S&L communication


Complex learners

Complex learners wellbeing drivers

Communication driver complex learners

Functionality and independence complex learners


Post 16

Functionality post 16

Wellbeing post 16

Communication post 16


CE KS1/2

2IE communication Driver

2IE Functionality Driver

2IE Wellbeing Driver


CE KS3/4

CE 3/4 Wellbeing Driver

CE 3/4 functionality driver

CE 3/4 Communication driver