A broad based curriculum

Behavioural, therapeutic and educational objectives are clearly identified in the curriculum and individual education plans.

The school curriculum is geared to meet the special needs of its pupils. Communication and social skills are emphasised in pupils’ individual education plans. Visual communication support systems are in place including PECS (Picture Exchange Communication System) and Makaton signs and symbols. A high staff ratio means that quality one-to-one attention is available.

Pupils access the National Curriculum at an appropriate level, delivered through the therapies, where suitable. Personal and social education is a vital part of each pupil’s school life, including learning about health, self-awareness, independence and personal relationships.

Learning skills need to be gained by some of our pupils before they can benefit from the wider curriculum. We have therefore developed our approach to enable all pupils to learn in a way suited to their needs. A copy of Woodcroft’s curriculum policy is available from the head teacher on request.

Education in the community is essential to prepare pupils for the opportunities, experiences, enjoyment and responsibilities of adult life. To help achieve this all pupils have opportunities to use public facilities and learn about behaving in a socially acceptable way. As pupils progress and gain improved independence skills, the amount of time spent on inclusion programmes is increased. We aim to gradually reduce the level of staff support in order to increase pupil independence and self-confidence.

Inclusion programmes
Some pupils have part-time inclusion in local mainstream primary schools with which we have established strong links. Other pupils are able to participate in gradual inclusion programmes in their neighbourhood mainstream or special school with a view to taking up a full-time place in the future. In all cases a member of Woodcroft staff is provided as support.

Religious education
Pupils are encouraged to build relationships based on mutual respect and trust, to value the world around them and thus to come to an awareness and understanding of spiritual and moral values. Religious education is addressed across the curriculum with emphasis on helping pupils to develop self-awareness and appreciating other people and their needs. All religions are respected and holidays and feast days are acknowledged. Non-denominational assemblies include collective worship and provide opportunities for celebrating religious festivals. Pupils may withdraw from assemblies at parents’ request.

Relationship education
Relationship education including sex education may be provided after discussion between parents and staff as to what may be appropriate in view of the child’s needs and stage of development.

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