The aim at Bower Grove School is that all pupils have a right to access a curriculum that is of good quality, meaningful and appropriate to their individual needs whilst not compromising their entitlement. Lessons at Bower Grove should motivate, engage and excite our pupils. Clear routes of progression and development within curriculum planning result in coherence and continuity throughout the school.
With the complex learning and behaviour needs of the pupils being admitted to Bower Grove the school acknowledges that the needs of the individual are central and that the provision offered should be sufficiently flexible to enable pupils to be placed at an appropriately challenging point on the continuum at any time during their school career.
This School works in partnership with parents and the views of parents and pupils are taken into account in achieving the appropriate balance between pupils’ rights to curriculum access and the need for some to access other experiences such as alternative curriculum, mainstream inclusion, therapy or intensive tuition to enhance or consolidate core skills. Curriculum development in conjunction with the needs of the individual, strives to ensure maximum progress for all pupils.
To ensure that all pupils have access to a broad, balanced, challenging curriculum based on the National Curriculum
To ensure quality curriculum content and through systematic curriculum planning and monitoring procedures.
To ensure that all pupils have access to an appropriately differentiated curriculum.
To ensure that pupils cover the Programmes of Study and develop learning strategies needed to transfer between special school and mainstream provision.
To provide pupils with access to accredited courses at Key Stage 4.
To clearly identify progression pathways for children at 14, including access to Further Education, vocational courses and work related learning.
To ensure that there is an equality of access to all courses.
To promote pupils spiritual, moral, social, cultural and physical development in order to assist pupils in becoming thoughtful and responsible citizens.
To develop independence and life skills through experiences and programmes such as food, mobility, residential and work experience.
To prepare pupils for the opportunities responsibilities and experiences of adult life.
To monitor and assess pupil progress for the purpose of ensuring high standards of achievement.
To engage pupils in understanding how they may make improved progress through Assessment for Learning.
Strands of the Every Child Matters (ECM) agenda are intrinsic to curriculum planning and delivery.
Each curriculum area has a designated subject leader and assistant, to oversee its organisation. Long, medium and short term planning systems follow the common framework adopted for curriculum planning and delivery throughout the school. There are common principles throughout the school but as an all age school there are naturally some variations between the organisational needs of the Junior and Senior phases of the school.
KS1 and 2 Phonics / Reading Scheme – Sounds-
Primary – at KS1, where relevant, the foundation curriculum informs the planning and the Foundation profile is used to monitor, record and report on achievement. The National Curriculum levels are used to report at the end of KS1 and these levels are moderated alongside mainstream schools in the area. At KS2 the primary curriculum is based on a curriculum model in which core national curriculum subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) are taught as separate subjects. Other National Curriculum foundation subjects are taught on a modular basis. The modular organisation allows for subject delivery separately or thematically within integrated topics. Such flexibility enables curriculum breadth and balance to be maintained. English and Mathematics are delivered via the Revised National Literacy and Numeracy Strategies, which have been adapted to reflect the needs of pupils with a range of complex special educational needs. Further details can be found in the Maths and English subject policies. Individual education plans are managed and monitored by class teachers. The Boxall Profile is an assessment tool used to monitor social and emotional development and engagement in learning.
Secondary – the secondary curriculum is organised on subject based model with pupils moving to specialist rooms and teachers. Historically the KS3 National Numeracy and Literacy Strategy have been implemented and additional interventions are used with identified groups and individuals. At Key Stage 4, setting according to ability occurs in some subject areas enabling all able pupils to be extended whilst allowing pupils needing enrichment activities to be supported through greater differentiation. Accredited courses are followed in English, Maths, Science, Computing, PE, Art and Technology and COPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) is a vocational qualification. Throughout the secondary phase class teachers oversee the delivery of Individual Education Plans.
In Year 11 CXK supports pupils in developing Student Action Plans which feed into the multi agency transitional review meetings. These highlight areas of strength and need for each individual. The aim is to ensure that the relevant support and opportunities are accessed in order to achieve competencies and develop the confidence to participate fully in life as independent young adults. Links with Further Education Colleges, CXK and industry enhance the work related learning and enterprise aspects of the curriculum.
The school engages pupils in enrichment activities; however this has an impact on curriculum access. Any integration or inclusion programme is explained fully to parents and pupils with regard to the curriculum impact and parental permission is sought before a programme is embarked upon. Disapplication from the National curriculum will only be sought in very exceptional circumstances.
For further information about the school curriculum, please contact the Subject Leader via the school office.