The curriculum is offered to pupils in a broad, balanced and differentiated format that recognises specific individual pupil needs. Staff are all trained to work with pupils who have complex needs and they understand the need for flexibility and positive reinforcement throughout the school day. The staff team comprises of teachers, higher level teaching assistants, key workers and professionals who work in partnership with the school and include our educational psychologist, speech and language therapist and careers advisor.
Most subjects are taught to external accreditation through Functional skills, GCSE and BTEC. Pupils also access programmes on healthy relationships and sexual health delivered by the Integrated Sexual Health in Sefton team. Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural education is embedded throughout the curriculum. British values are taught through topic work in Opening Minds in key stage 3, discreet subjects and theme days.
The pupils are encouraged to make contributions to the school community, to participate within the local community and reflect on the impact they can make on the global community. We work closely with Sefton Rangers to contribute towards local community project and volunteer work. The pupils have the opportunity to see democracy working as we participate in Liverpool’s schools Parliament.
Subjects taught are English, mathematics, science, computing, humanities, food technology PE, PSHE/citizenship, careers preparation for adulthood, arts award, college links (key stage 4) literacy, numeracy, ASDAN.
At Key Stage 2 the National Curriculum programmes of study are followed through the Opening Minds programmes. Literacy, numeracy, PSHE and PE are taught as discreet subjects, although they will also be reinforced through Opening Minds. The staff team are all trained to work with pupils with complex needs and understand the need for flexibility and positive reinforcement throughout the school day.
At Key Stage 3 the National Curriculum programmes of study are followed through the Opening Minds curriculum. All subject areas of covered within opening minds making it easy for pupils to transfer knowledge skills and understanding between them. It also enables pupils to apply the skills they develop to future employment situations. Literacy, mathematics, science, PHSE, art award and food technology are taught as discreet subjects as well as within Opening Minds.
At Key Stage 4 the school offers the following subjects for external examination: English, Mathematics, Art and Design/Arts Award, Computing, Physical Education, Science, ASDAN, Humanities, food technology and Citizenship. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is offered at Bronze level. There is additional accreditation for water sports, climbing, life saver/life guard award, first aid and food hygiene are integrated into enrichment activities.
We work in partnership with local colleges to extend the curriculum into vocational subjects and pupils gain accreditation in areas of their chosen career path. The college provision is accessed by pupils in Year 10 and Year 11 and an education package can be tailored to meet individual need as appropriate in Year 11. Pupils have access to a careers advisor and a graduated programme of career awareness and career studies.
The full Curriculum Policy is available at school and the Olsen House policies section of this website.