Park Lane School Curriculum
At Park Lane School we offer a curriculum, which is broad and balanced, where entitlement is maintained for each and every pupil no matter what their disability may be. Park Lane School classes are mostly in accordance to age but in cases where a pupil will benefit from being with a different peer group this is implemented. We have a class dedicated to our more medically vulnerable pupils giving them the space and calm environment to access a sensory based curriculum whilst accessing theraputic input, such as postural management.
Park Lane School:
- Develops communication, literacy and numeracy skills.
- Prepares students at our school for the opportunities, responsibilities, and experiences of later life.
- Promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental, and physical development of all students at our school.
- Prepares the students for life in modern Britain and promotes British values.
- Ensures the curriculum is relevant, purposeful, engaging and exciting.
The Early Years Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1 Class follow an adapted Early Years National Curriculum model.
Continuing on from the Early Years curriculum, subject specific learners in Key Stage 2 and 3 Classes continue to follow the National Curriculum model in maths and English, personalised for individual learning through our own Schemes of Work. Non-subject specific learners throughout Key Stages follow personalised learning goals, identified in their EHCP.
Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 3 teaching of foundation subjects are built around our four values. Individuality, community, creativity and challenge. The value areas encompass all of the National Curriculum subjects and are taught as thematic lessons. Each Value has a termly Scheme of Work outlining learning intentions and implementation. The impact of each scheme of work is evaluated at the end of each term.
ICT / Computing
The Key Stage 4 curriculum model is built upon the externally accredited, Preparing for Adulthood course from ASDAN. We work on Towards Independence Literacy and Numeracy awards at sensory, Introduction and Progression levels where appropriate and this covers all the key skills to equip pupils in moving onto the life skills based qualification in the Sixth form.
At Post 16 the students follow a life skills based curriculum which allows them to achieve a portfolio based qualification in Personal Progress at Entry Level one. The qualification is run through the awarding body ASDAN, with the majority of students achieving a diploma in their three years in the Sixth Form. Some students will also achieve a certifictae in Personal and Social Development at Entry Level 1 or 2.
Enrichment beyond the classroom is provided through:
- Educational visits
- Inclusion – social and educational opportunities
- Horse riding
- Music Therapy
- Lunchtime clubs
- Music lessons e.g. drumming and Samba band
- Whole school events- Christmas concert, Sports Day, Arts Week, Charity events, world markets
- Work experience
- Residential opportunities
Curriculum Impact – Monitoring and Evaluation
Monitoring and evaluations of the curriculum are ongoing and formative at every stage throughout Park Lane School. This includes:
- Auditing planning/subjects
- Holding progress meetings regularly and analysing progress to inform next steps or address any areas for improvement (progress towards, EHCP outcomes, curriculum outcomes, accreditations.)
- Observations of lessons, including learning walks
- Work scrutinies
- Moderating assessment
- Curriculum development and planning (Sow intentions through to evaluations)
- Feedback from students (student voice questionnaires)
- Monitoring non-academic areas
- Identifying training
To see the real impact we would encourage you to talk with our students and staff to hear the breadth of experiences they have had; the depth of confidence they have in their individual abilities; and how ready they are to continue to grow through their next steps. Our Social Media pages and website are excellent sources of information charting the journey of our school each year and demonstrating the rich variety that every student experiences. Furthermore, discussion with our engaged parents, informed Governors and innovative staff will illuminate how our curriculum impacts on the students and on family life.