The Birtenshaw School curriculum is creative, individualised and flexible, tailored to the complex learning needs of the individual pupil and enabling those needs to be met.
It supports our vision of brightening lives and building futures by giving pupils the opportunity to learn and develop in a supportive and creative environment in which there is a focus on recognising achievement and supporting progression.
Based on the National Curriculum for those pupils of compulsory school age, our curriculum is broad and balanced, blended with opportunities for pupils to develop functional skills, independence skills and skills for working life.
Learning outcomes are accredited via AQA unit awards and, where appropriate, Entry Level qualifications – Functional Skills and BTEC, ASDAN Awards, Arts Award.
In addition to the academic curriculum, individualised timetables provide opportunities for pupils to withdraw from some lessons to participate in therapy sessions with the Occupational Therapist (OT) and Speech and Language Therapist (SaLT).
The curriculum is enriched by educational trips and visits, local community links and opportunities within the timetable to engage with new experiences e.g. pony riding, music workshops, gardening and educational visits.
Our focus on the Creative Curriculum has developed an innovative approach to the way we meet the special and often challenging needs of pupils. Our ‘Visual Timetable’ is typical of this approach, created to ensure pupils understand their daily routines.
Click on the below example timetable to enlarge.
Many of the young people who come to Birtenshaw School have been out of education for a period of time and/or have had negative experiences of school in the past. Our transition arrangements ensure that each young person and their parents or carers are given opportunities to visit the school and meet key members of staff before their formal admission.
An individual Transition Plan is drawn up for each pupil which includes visits to the school, working with current or previous schools and gathering information from various professionals so that we are prepared to fully support the young person from their first day.