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Key Stage 5

16+ Curriculum Overview

What does the Curriculum empower our students to achieve?  

What do we see during this stage of their learning? 

The curriculum is designed to help students realise:

  • Transition into further education, employment and supported or independent living provisions
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • High levels of responsibility and respect in society
  • To empower students to manage their emotions appropriately
  • To empower students to make suitable social interactions
  • To empower students to develop personal independent activity
  • To empower students to demonstrate intellectual capacity

What areas of learning for life and future work / training do we develop through the current curriculum?  

  • Social and emotional development
  • Personal development and independence
  • Financial awareness and capability
  • Employability
  • Supported living
  • Responsible citizenship

What are the fundamental components that underpin skills and knowledge across the curriculum?

  • Personal understanding
  • Personal health and well-being
  • Respect for others
  • Personal challenge
  • Ethical awareness
  • Citizenship
  • Cultural understanding
  • Media awareness
  • Equality and diversity
  • Employability
  • Financial awareness
  • Life-long learning

What cross-curricular skills do we value?

What range of thinking skills are used to develop learning?

Ensuring learning difficulties and disabilities are matched to thinking skills.

  • Independence & responsibility
  • Self-esteem & confidence
  • Self-worth & self-value
  • Respect for self and others
  • Social engagement
  • Interaction with peers, adults and the public
  • Communication skills
  • Flexibility & organisational skills
  • Reading and writing
  • Numeracy & ICT
  • Role models to younger pupils
  • Assisting staff with activities for KS3 and KS4 pupils

Students are given opportunities to learn how to: 

  • Define a problem, enquire and predict outcomes
  • Understand cause & effect
  • Make connections, investigate, sort and classify, sequence and summarise
  • Memorise, recall, compare, contrast, imagine, modify and make deductions
  • Draw inferences, reason, explain, evaluate and create

Suites / topics / opportunities etc.

  • Core
    English, Maths, ICT, Personal Social Development (PSD), Financial Awareness
  • Vocational
    Hair & Beauty, Film & Media, Sport & Leisure, Community Enterprise
  • Options
    Cooking, Gardening, Local Studies, DIY previously students offered Music, Creative Studies and PE
  • Offsite activities
    College link programme, Duke of Edinburgh Award, Independence Skills in travel, accessing the community, shopping, personal care and moving on. Gym and fitness
  • Complimentary activities
    Where appropriate – physiotherapy, hydrotherapy, occupational therapy, riding for the disabled and work experience

How are students engaged and their learning optimised to help with real-world challenges?

  • Collaboration and partnership working
  • Investigation & problem solving
  • Relevant to daily experiences 
  • Challenging and enjoyable
  • Media-rich and creative
  • Integrative and engaging
  • Encouraging independence
  • Active and hands-on
  • Student-led / student-centred 
  • Choice based and personalised
  • Supportive and caring
  • Culturally diverse
  • Positive reinforcement
  • Differentiated and reflective
  • Structured yet flexible
  • Understanding boundaries
  • Knowing about expectations

How does assessment aid the students’ learning?

Through assessment in 16+ we:

  • Build an open relationship between the students, teachers and support staff
  • Have clear learning intentions shared with students
  • Share and negotiate success criteria
  • Have whole group and individual target setting
  • Take risks to enhance learning
  • Advise on what to improve and how to improve it
  • Enable peer and self-assessment
  • Celebrate success
  • Encourage peer and self-evaluation of learning

What attitudes to learning and dispositions are clearly evident across the 16+ Curriculum?

  • Compassion – Achievement – Respect - Responsibility
  • Care and concern for others
  • Willingness to challenge self
  • Commitment and determination 
  • Openness to new ideas and suggestions
  • Understanding of progressional routes
  • Where there is choice there is consequence
  • Team spirit
  • Flexibility