Learning programmes in Bishopswood Secondary Department help promote social confidence, and independence, and encourage an enthusiasm for learning new life skills that will help prepare them for the next stage in their life. Students follow an adapted national curriculum to develop communication, literacy, numeracy, computing and life skills. Pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties or complex needs follow an individualised, multisensory and therapueutic curriculum.
At Key Stage 4 individual provision is informed by the recommendations in the transition plan drawn up in Year 9. We subscribe to the ASDAN scheme (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network). We offer Transition Challenge, a scheme specifically designed for students with severe learning difficulties, (the ASDAN Youth Award programme is also available for pupils who require more of a challenge.) Coursework is externally moderated for a certificate to be issued. Some students in years 9-11 attend the Countryside Stewardship Course at the Earth Trust in Little Wittenham. We set up bespoke transition programmes with Post 16 providers in Year 11 and, where appropriate, work experience and a mini enterprise project. Arrangements are made on an individual basis for students access mainstream lessons, where appropriate, and in consultation with parents, which may include- PE, Art, DT, Music, English.