TEACHING & LEARNING
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OUR CURRICULUM INTENT
Our aim is to be a school that offers a highly personalised curriculum that is underpinned by a therapeutic and experiential approach
Our curriculum will contain meaningful academic and vocational outcomes, and upskilling for future education, training, and life. It will be highly focused on Personal Development, and the pupil will be the focal point of all we do.
These will be achieved by individualised and therapeutically informed programmes of study, that are delivered in line with the School’s curriculum drivers.
To overcome pupil’s barriers to learning and help them to be successful learners.
To encourage and support personal growth and self-reliance in a spirit of co-operation whilst re-engaging pupils with learning and building their confidence and self-esteem.
To develop basic skills in communication, literacy, numeracy and decision making, so that they can function in adult life and prepare them for the world of work, independent living and to take their place as active citizens in the UK.
Ensure that all pupils have access to a broad, balanced and appropriately individualised curriculum that is personalised to their own particular learning needs.
Deliver a curriculum that is designed to address the individual development, sensory, physical, personal, social, and emotional and communication needs of every pupil.
To make learning an enjoyable experience which develops pupils as fully rounded individuals and enables them to explore their talents and interests and achieve their potential.
At Petherton Park we provide pupils with a high level of support in small classes, the focus is on building trusting relationships and provision of individualised support.
Class sizes of no more than four pupils, with the support of one teacher and one teaching assistant allows for individualised learning and assists pupils to reduce their individual barriers to learning.
A greater level of support can be arranged such as 1-1 teaching assistant or teacher support, this need is assessed pre-admission. Pupil grouping is based on age and ability, both academic and social needs.
Within the school day there is a focus on core subjects in the morning and enrichment activities in the afternoon, there are sensory breaks throughout the day together with grouped lunch breaks and end of day class circle time; this allows for individual and group reflection, together with celebration of progress and success.