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Curriculum

The curriculum

To achieve the longer term aim of inclusion in society the curricula seeks to ensure that young people have their own aims, are aware of their needs and have the skills to make themselves active agents in their adult lives 

We believe that successful learning will mean that young people can function well in a variety of contexts. Learning in this sense is far more than the acquisition of academic skills and knowledge. Instead, it covers all areas of human growth and development and as a consequence the school supports learning in the home and community settings that will feature in students lives.

Education particularly for older students often needs to take place outside of school boundaries and as students progress through the school , increasing emphasis is placed on preparing students for life after school. 

The school gives pupils access to all subjects of the National Curriculum as well as Personal and Social Education. What is taught and when, however, is determined by the individual pupil's learning need and not by a need to 'cover' the curriculum within a set time frame. 

The curriculum provides a framework for the development of key skills which are meaningful and relevant to life and planning for teaching  and learning is built within these key skill areas.  

Skill Areas  
  • Personal, social & health 
  • Communication 
  • Application of number
  • Physical
  • Problem solving
  • Information Technology 
  • Improving own learning performance
The schemes of work that guide the teaching of all subjects emphasise a structured approach with small, progressive steps in learning. 

At the start of each term parents and carers will received curriculum newsletter produced by their child's class teacher, which outlines the major areas to be covered during the term and suggesting activities to support their child's learning.

Each pupil also have an Individual Education Plan which outlines his or her major targets, based on the shared goals identified in the Unified plan.   


Leavers' Curriculum 

At Pioneer School we are committed to extending our pupils' potential as far as possible to allow them to move from the school environment to life beyond school with a degree of confidence, whether this be further education, job training supported employment or full-time work. As they progress through their final years of school, students are helped to develop a greater awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses and the opportunities which are available to them. 

Work experience and Community service

The key element to Vocational Education is a direct involvement in the local community and the world of work. Thus pupils from key stage 4 onwards, as appropriate, take part in an integrated programme of work place visits and short periods of community service or work placement. The programme for each individual varies depending on their personal circumstances. During Year 11, for those pupils for whom it is appropriate, extended work experience placements are organised. 

Enterprise

Enterprise features prominently in the curriculum for older students and good use is made of the Enterprise Centre, which can operate as a cafe, shop, gallery or internet cafe. 

Students have the opportunity to make or produce items for sale in the Enterprise  Centre as well as serving and working with members of the public. In addition to providing an opportunity to develop practical and vocational skills students focus on development of other important life skills, such as communication, collaborative working and problem solving. 

Students run these activities as a business and are provided the opportunity to develop enterprise skills.


Independent living

The independent living flat provides opportunities for students to practice living skills in a real situation along with shopping and budgeting. 

They will have the opportunity to do housework, including washing and ironing, making the bed, cutting the grass and preparing a meal for themselves and guests. 

Accreditation

Those pupils who are considered capable have access opportunities for external accreditation. Students can be entered for Entry level Certification in English and Maths. In addition they also have the opportunity to undertake the ASDAN Awards Scheme. At post 16 students are able to work towards a qualification within the Foundation Learning Framework. These enable students to demonstrate their mastery of basic skills in literacy, numeracy, ICT and personal organisation and employ-ability. 

Curriculum Related Policies  

Religious Education 

Religious education forms part of the Personal and Social Education Programme. It has been designed following the agreed Essex County Council Guidelines. If parents or carers wish to withdraw their child from the Religious Education component of PSHE programme, they should contact the Headteacher. 

Collective Worship  

Assemblies provide collective acts of worship for pupils at Pioneer School. These cover a variety of religious festivals and celebrations but are largely christian in nature and often include a period of reflection and/or prayer. We feel they are an important part of pupils' spiritual and moral development within the school, and give the pupils a chance to share and reflect together. Those parents or carers who wish to withdraw their child from the worship aspect of school assemblies should contact the Headteacher. 

Sex Education

Sex Education is taught to pupils as part of the health Education Programme, found partly in Personal and Social Education and partly in the Science National curriculum. 

Individual Education Plans

Each pupil at the School has an Individual Education Plan, based on the targets in the statement of Special Educational Need and/or the Unified Plan. They will contain long and short term objectives agreed with parents or carers and with pupils where appropriate. 

Equal opportunities 

The school does not allow discrimination for any reason - race, gender, colour, creed, ability or social circumstance. This is taught through example set by staff, through curriculum subjects, through the PSHE curriculum and through Religious Education and assemblies. 


Copies of specific curriculum related policies are available in school.