Whole School Intent
Our curriculum intends to offer pupils a rich and balanced curriculum, providing them the opportunity to develop in all areas of their lives. Every opportunity is seized to help pupils make sense of their world, develop knowledge skills and understanding relevant to their lived experiences and support their communication, independence, and physical and mental wellbeing.
We want them to:
- Be able to communicate effectively with those around them.
- Be at optimum health, both physically and mentally.
- Be as functional and independent as possible.
- To engage with and be excited by the curriculum.
- Be able to regulate their behaviour and sensory needs and keep themselves safe.
- Be resilient, confident and uniquely themselves.
Engagement curriculum intent
Our engagement curriculum intends to provide pupils with opportunities to actively engage with the world around them and others. It aims to:
- Provide a sensory rich curriculum giving students the change to engage in multiple ways.
- Use all interactions and learning opportunities.
- Assess pupil’s ability to engage in a variety of ways and build on their current attainment.
- Provide both 1:1 and larger group sessions to allow pupils to respond to a range of stimuli.
- Work at a pace relevant to the pupils, allowing them time to respond.
- Focus on all areas of development rather than any one given skill.
The ‘Experiential Language Topic Based Approach’ (ELTBA) has been designed to
specifically meet the needs of pupils at Percy Hedley School who are assessed at
iASEND S-E at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.
Pupils within our population have significant difficulties with acquiring and understanding language spontaneously and it is imperative that our curriculum is tailor-made to meet their needs. The intention of the ELTA curriculum is to focus strongly on the learning and consolidation of key vocabulary and concepts. ELTBA provides pupils with a curriculum that is thematic/topic based, with a focus on generalising learning. Learning occurs through real life, first hand experiences and multiple exposures to key vocabulary and concepts, which are provided across all contexts within the curriculum.
The intent of the ELTBA curriculum is to provide each child with the building blocks they need to access and succeed in their learning journey. A focus on developing resilience and a ‘can do’ attitude are key features within the curriculum, with pupil’s well-being at the heart.
Key Stage 4
The Key Stage 4 curriculum at Percy Hedley School is designed to meet the individual needs of all the learners and is reviewed regularly to match pupils’ needs, strengths and interests.
The curriculum seeks to achieve coherent progression from Key Stage 3, and supports attainment which will allow for successful transition to Post 16 provision. Our aim is to provide all our learners with a range of qualifications and skills that meet their different needs, reflect their interests and prepare them for adult life and lifelong learning through our unique transdisciplinary approach, allowing for realisation of individual potential.
Key Stage Four allows for pupils to develop the skills that they need to begin to sit accreditations and allows for the development of employability, independence and planning skills. The mental wellbeing of pupils is an important consideration throughout their time at
Percy Hedley. This approach provides students with the skills necessary to move on to Post
16 or college with the right academic and/or skills based background to begin to make their
own choices about their future.
As a school we are committed to the development of appropriate learning programmes focusing on suitable pathways to adult life, designed to increase the participation, achievement and progression of all learners
The Post 16 curriculum at Percy Hedley School is designed to meet the individual needs of all the learners and is reviewed regularly to match pupils’ needs, strengths and interests.
The curriculum seeks to achieve coherent progression from Key Stage 4 and centres on pupil views and personal choices, which are reflected in the curriculum and personalised timetables.
Our aim is to provide all our learners with a range of qualifications and skills that meet their different needs, reflect their interests and prepare them for adult life and lifelong learning
The four areas in Preparation for Adulthood, education and employment, independent living, community inclusion and good health and emotional wellbeing are a particular focus.
A range of work experience opportunities are available for students, with appropriate vocational experiences sitting alongside the curriculum. Other options such as Sky Sports leaders or Duke of Edinburgh also enhance and personalise student experiences.