Broadlands Hall students will follow the National Curriculum at a level appropriate to them but we rigorously remain flexible in order to meet the diverse and individual needs of our students. We have a holistic approach to education and aim to develop the whole person, maximising their academic achievement, social skills and employability. The curriculum is kept broad and offers students pathways towards recognised qualifications at the level that suits them.
Our curriculum is innovative and the qualifications offered endorsed by the DfE. In addition to Literacy and Numeracy, a range of Foundation courses (with their own recognised qualifications) are offered, which enable progression through to Entry Level through to Level 2 BTECs, GCSEs and ASDAN Medals. Entry level vocational qualifications can provide a more manageable, and often more motivating, alternative for learners who need staged progression towards Level 2 learning outcomes. By offering multiple level and linked qualifications, we ensure that every learner has a programme of study suitable to their needs and a qualification outcome that recognises their attainment appropriately. The qualifications we offer at KS4 and at Post-16 are approved and recognised in the DfE table.
Our schemes of work in each subject are designed to ensure that pupils are able to access and progress through programmes of study that are appropriate to their levels of ability. In all cases, irrespective of the level or topic being taught, we place great emphasis on using age-appropriate materials and content.
We have an additional focus on learning outside the classroom – with increased opportunities to contextualise language development through hands-on learning. The outside learning environment includes a natural science area/horticultural area and will shortly include a sensory garden. In addition, subject specialists from the world of work visit to give first-hand tuition.
Some students need to be taught ‘Learning to Learn’ skills before they can access the National Curriculum. In these cases, we use P-Scales to set and track progress across a range of topics.
Within the time allocations given to each curriculum element, teachers create personalised learning programmes for each student. In addition to lessons dedicated explicitly to Communication and Numeracy, development of both of these key skills, along with ICT user skills, is embedded across the curriculum.