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Teaching & Learning

Upper School

Upper school – Key Stage 3 & 4

In Key Stage 3 & 4 all Curriculum subjects are covered, these are adapted and modified to ensure all lessons areaccessible, meaningful and relevant to all pupils

Maths and Literacy will be delivered daily, this may be in the form of a discrete lesson or embedded into functional programs.

Every lesson is planned to be challenging, enjoyable and successful for each pupil and there are many opportunities for practical hands-on activities to ensure that learning is fun!Great emphasis is placed upon personal/social development, building self-esteem, self-confidence, promoting independence and being sensitive to the needs of others. Communication opportunities are embedded into all areas throughout the day,alternative methods of communication are used, enabling pupils to make their needs and wants known to others.

Pupils are divided into class groups dependent upon their needs, learning style and abilities, which provides them with continuity and a nurturing environment.Most subjects are taught by class teachers, in the classroom, although pupils do have the opportunity to access subjects taught by specialist teachers e.g. PE, Art, DT (Workshop)

In Key Stage 3, curriculum topics are planned by teachers on a 3 year rolling basis (yr 7,8,9)

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 also work on ASDAN New Horizons, covering

  • Personal
  • Social
  • Health
  • Citizenship
  • Relationship

Key Stage 4

The key stage 4 curriculum is planned on a 2 year rolling basis, which is viewed as a transition period between key stage 3 learning and the 6th Form education curriculum. Pupils continue to follow the structure of the National Curriculum with elements of ASDAN’s Transition Challenge embedded within it. The aims of ASDAN’s transition challenge are to incorporate life skills learning into the National Curriculum with a view to building upon this in 6th Form.


  • Communication and Interaction
  • Cognition
  • Physical
  • Self help and Independence
  • Communication Passport

TRANSITION CHALLENGE – Introduction and Progression

  • Knowing How
  • Making Choices
  • Feeling Good
  • Moving Forward
  • Taking the Lead


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