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Curriculum

 

This curriculum has to be fluid in its design and tailored to those who attend.

However, we can guarantee the curriculum at The Austen Academy will;

 

  • be pupil centred, needs led and individualised.
  •  holistically include therapeutic techniques to help social communication difficulties and sensory integration issues.

 

  • be responsive and flexible to individuals needs and interests.

 

  • Incorporate expertise beyond the classroom – at home, in the local community and beyond.

 

  • Embraces cross-curricular links and opportunities, and is exciting, interactive and engaging for all.

 

  • Develops the pupil as a whole – their personal development, knowledge, skills and emotional health and well-being and rights respecting as individuals .

 

  • be broad, balanced and demonstrates progress in knowledge and skills.

 

  • Prepare the pupil for now and for later life by considering the big picture – life skills, social skills, communication and independence

 

 The school will be using the principles of Building Learning Power, a pedagogy developed by Professor Guy Claxton, to help young people become better learners.

 

Programme of study – school journey

 

Key stage

Type of teaching

Content

Key stage 1

 

Pastoral teaching in one class base with class teacher and a team of staff. 

 

Transitions around the school will be kept to a minimum.

 

This will largely follow the principles of the EYFS- with additional academic achievement as appropriate.

Learners will be taught according to Building Learning Power principles and introduced to the Building Learning Power muscles and language.

Play and outdoor learning will form an important part of the curriculum delivery.

 

Autism strategies such as Attention Autism will be used to encourage attention and engagement, TEACCH principles will be used to structure the environment and some learning tasks to encourage independence. Communication skills will be taught holistically using PECS and Makaton as needed. Sensory, fine and gross motor skills development will be part of the curriculum.

 

Key stage 2

 

Pastoral teaching with one class teacher and staff team.

 

Specialist PE teaching.

 

Use of specialist rooms around the school if appropriate.

 

National Curriculum Programmes of Study will be used to base the curriculum on with the principles of Building Learning Power to encourage learners to access the curriculum. Personalised curriculum planning will take place to ensure each student has a curriculum suitable for their needs. Outdoor learning will be an important part of curriculum delivery.

 

Autism strategies such as Attention Autism will be used to encourage attention and engagement, TEACCH principles will be used to structure the environment and some learning tasks to encourage independence. Communication skills will be taught holistically. Sensory, fine and gross motor skills development will be part of the curriculum.

 

Key stage 3

 

Class tutor delivering majority of lessons. Some specialist teachers such as science PE, DT and art and use of specialist rooms

 

Streaming for English and Maths 

 

Students will continue to follow the National Curriculum Programmes of Study. More formalised learning will be put in place with aspirations for future accreditation and employment. The principles of Building Learning Power will continue to be used and students will be encouraged to use skills of learning to develop as independent learners.

 

Autism strategies and a focus on sensory and communication needs will be used as appropriate with an emphasis on developing emotional regulation skills that can be used throughout life. Social understanding of the world around them will be developed particularly to enable the students to keep as safe as possible as they become more independent.

 

Key stage 4

 

Class tutor, specialist teachers as appropriate for examination subjects, streaming as appropriate.

 

Use of links with local colleges and mainstream schools as needed.

 

A programme of accreditation based on GCSEs and Entry Level for lower achieving students. Each student will follow a course of at least 5 accreditations including English, maths, ICT and science. Students will be encouraged to be aspirational and to consider future options. Work experience placements will be found for all students; as appropriate to their needs.

 

Autism strategies and focus on sensory and communication needs will be used as appropriate with an emphasis on developing emotional regulation skills that can be used throughout life. Social understanding of the world around them will be developed particularly to enable the students to keep as safe as possible as they become more independent.

 

 

 

 

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