The Bishopswood school curriculum is designed to stimulate and challenge our pupils. Our model both allows for and encourages a personalised and individual approach to teaching and learning.
We feel that it is vital for our pupils to receive a broad and balanced curriculum, which gives them the opportunity to learn new skills in a structured way, but also to generalise these skills. At the heart of our planning are pupil’s individual learning outcomes. We ensure that pupils are given opportunities to practice those vital skills personal to them. We recognise the importance of a flexible timetable that is underpinned by our core values and aims. Teachers will deliver the lessons at the pace to meet the individual needs of pupils within their class.
We are members of EQUALS, a charity which helps schools to apply the principles of government guidelines to curriculum development for pupils with learning difficulties. This multi-tiered model posits that there are no hard and fast rules about which tier the individual pupil is working on. Indeed some, especially those at the edges of the curricula range, may well be working on two or more models at the same time, including the National Curriculum.
Our curriculum has been designed for pupils who have learning difficulties to such a degree that they are consistently working at academic levels considerably below their age-related peers for all of their lives across all, or most, scholastic areas. For more information see the Curriculum Pathways.
At Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11) individual provision is informed by the recommendations in the transition plan drawn up in Year 9. For more information see the KS4 Courses.
We set up bespoke transition programmes with Post 16 providers in Year 11, for more information see the Post 16 Provision.
You can find out more about the National curriculum by visiting the Government website
UK Government National Curriculum. You can read more about the Department for Education's Engagement Model for assessing pupils who are working below the standard of the national curriculum assessments are who are not engaged in subject specific study at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.