PLC Secondary Curriculum
The curriculum at PLC is designed to provide continuity of education to meet the individual needs, ability, age and health of the students referred. We aim to build confidence, self esteem and self belief through a personalised and flexible curriculum, that fits within the context of the area the student is being taught. For example in Frome the focus is on Literacy, Numeracy and a reintegration programme to best prepare students for a quick return to mainstream school. However, in Cotswold, the focus might be more on developing resilience and reduce anxiety through particular intervention before a student is ready to access English and Maths lessons.
The PLC curriculum offer has a number of functions. Firstly, the core offer of teaching identifies each students need to access Literacy and Numeracy support in addition to the study of Science. A number of qualifications are accessed in order to ensure all students that are placed at Pathways keep pace and make increased rates of progress. This is so we can address the significant gaps in each student’s education, help build their confidence, make accelerated progress and work towards ambitious targets.
Further to this core offer, a wider curriculum of qualifications has been designed specifically to support students in their emotional resilience and independence ahead of reintegration to mainstream education. These chosen subjects include:
Religious Studies, PSHE and Citizenship – In a richly diverse Britain, we value the role of Religious study in supporting the core PREVENT value of tolerance. We feel that understanding a wide range of religions through education can promote respect of others and help challenge misconceptions that are wrongly promoted through social media. PSHE and Citizenship also supports our wider Social, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) development, covering topics such as British Values, the rule of law and diversity.
Art / DT / iMedia – Students access a range of creative subjects in order to promote their ability to express their feelings and give an outlet to anxiety and trauma related emotions. These topics also give balance to the core offer of subjects, giving students a wider range of learning experiences and learning methods.
PE, Games, Food and Nutrition – In order to promote independence, food and nutrition is seen as a valuable life skill where students can learn how to buy and prepare healthy meals on a budget. Food and Nutrition knowledge is also another way in which we can promote emotional resilience, by understanding that healthy bodies can contribute to healthy minds in young people. PE and Games sessions provide students with a way of accessing physical exercise. Many of our students have a negative view of the traditional approach to PE in mainstream environments largely due to their low self esteem and fear of failure. The curriculum is differentiated to individuals who are resistant to taking part. This includes using less traditional school activities building up from walking to biking and skill based games such as badminton, table tennis and eventually team sports. Students further develop their emotional intelligence, as we promote exercise as another tool in which to keep ourselves emotionally regulated.
Preparation for Working Life, Life Skills, College Education, Work Experience and SWEET – In order to promote independence and give students skills to access the next phase of their education, whatever that may be, students access lessons to promote their awareness of where they are at and where they need to go to achieve their goals. Year 11 students take part in college visits and meet guest speakers to further inform their step by step journey. A resident careers adviser and work experience coordinator are at hand to support students comprehensively into their next educational or world of work placement.
Tutorials and Cross curricula Days – Valuing the importance of PSHE and ensuring students access a wider range of topics, Pathways Learning Centre provides a comprehensive weekly tutorial session to all students. Topics include safeguarding, emotional well being, physical well being, promoting equality/diversity and a number of discrete themes such as the promotion of Black History Month and anti-bullying week. Cross curricula days follow similar themes but allow further diversity of learning experiences in the curriculum that have included yoga, meditation, gong bath, drama workshops and games (PE) activities from other cultures.