The aims of our curriculum are:
• To provide a balanced, accessible and relevant range of learning experiences
• To know our students - their strengths, interests and needs – and use this knowledge to make the best possible personalised offer to them
• To develop our students as learners and as people such that they are confident and able to secure and sustain positive, meaningful and relevant post 16 destinations
• To provide our students with the most up to date information, advice and guidance on opportunities that they will have after leaving
The Key Stage 4 Offer
In developing our Key Stage 4 curriculum, our main aim has been to maximise the chances that, after they have left us, our students will engage positively in education, employment or training. Having been assessed as part of their induction, our students will find themselves on a pathway that is either vocational or academic or a combination of the two.
There are five key elements to our KS4 curriculum:
• Literacy and Numeracy: we place great emphasis on these in all subject areas and, for some, targeted intervention is also applied. Mathematics and English occupy a large part of the timetable.
• Qualifications: all courses taught are accredited. The PRU has consistently been one of the best performing PRUs in London where qualifications are concerned. As well as English and Maths at GCSE or Functional Skills, a broad range of vocational and academic qualifications is available. All of these the qualifications we offer are fully recognised in education and industry and we have sought to offer practical courses that reflect the local job market. We have fully equipped practical resources including a hair salon, a bicycle workshop, a teaching kitchen, a digital music suite and more.
• Personal Development: all KS4 students at the PRU do the Prince’s Trust Achieve course. This aims to develop social and learning skills that are required post 16 and beyond and leads to the nationally recognised qualification ‘Personal Development and Employability Skills’.
• Enrichment: Another important part of our work on personal development is our Enrichment programme which takes place every Friday morning. This is in its first year and has already included independent travel, self-defence for girls, boxing, rugby and other sports, song writing, photography, street dance and, hugely popular, driving test theory.
• Information, Advice and Guidance: as well as forming a large part of the Achieve course, we go to great lengths to help our students to find the right post 16 destinations, ones that they can access and sustain and that they will enjoy. More than that, we now stay in touch with all our leavers for the whole of their first year in post 16, tracking their progress and supporting them when needed.
The Key Stage 3 Offer
Students at Third Base, our key stage 3 centre, are being prepared for their return to school.
The aims of the key stage 3 curriculum are:
• To prepare pupils for a reintegration back in to a mainstream school or other appropriate educational centre
• To assess all pupils to identify additional needs & make appropriate and relevant referrals to support pupils on their return to school
• To give pupils an opportunity to address the reasons why they are no longer in their previous school & to demonstrate that they are in a position to return to a mainstream environment
• To work with families to support their child’s education
• To support schools & pupils to give them the best opportunity to make a successful transition
• All students are assessed so that we have an understanding of their capabilities & their needs.
• We look at data from their previous schools to see what levels they have achieved & what progress they have been making
• Each pupil is made aware of the reasons for their no longer being in mainstream. They may disagree with them but they need to take account of them. Targets are set from this point.
The Curriculum - Literacy and Numeracy
• For many students limitations in their literacy & numeracy skills has an overwhelming impact on their ability to access a mainstream curriculum
• Every day all students have a literacy & numeracy lesson. A progress record is kept for each student showing skills covered & progress made
The Curriculum – Competencies
• Our Curriculum is designed to cover all of the competencies required for a successful school career
• These competencies reflect the main concerns raised by schools when referring students to us
• Our curriculum follows a two weekly project cycle • Each project will focus on one particular area of concern and will give students an opportunity to demonstrate a variety of school skills
• Over an 8 to 10 week period students will cover a range of topics addressing the areas of concern
Pupil progress is tracked by a daily points system covering everything from attendance & punctuality through behaviour to progress with learning. During their time at the centre pupils develop a portfolio of evidence to show to their prospective school, demonstrating that they have completed each unit & reflected upon how it is relevant to their previous behaviour and their return to mainstream.