The Curriculum at The Gateway School
Knowledge for beyond the classroom, beyond exams and beyond the school…
Our curriculum is designed via the needs of our pupils. Everything we do, say and provide is designed to ensure our pupils leave school as employable, likeable and sociable people. Our commitment to Powerful Knowledge helps ensure our pupils are not ‘locked out’ from knowledge that other people possess.
Our curriculum is not a mere timetable.
It is a five-year experience that guides our students in everything they do. It is written to impact on what we do/teach and how we do it.
Our curriculum embodies the key elements of an inclusive approach to effectively educating young people with SEN. In doing so, we are committed to developing young people who can effectively communicate, reflect, are independent, challenge themselves, respond to setbacks well and recover from them. We do this via;
Our curriculum is based on an approach which covers the following three areas;
Knowledge: Giving our pupils knowledge and skills they can remember, use and apply
6 Core themes: A 5 year experience via 6 core themes that supports both social and academic development.
Teaching acceptable behaviour (TAB): A relational, restorative and reflective approach to teaching what is acceptable beyond our walls.
The Academic & Vocational Curriculum
At TGS we offer a wide range of national curriculum subjects because we want our pupils to have the same opportunities academically as those in a mainstream school setting. We cannot offer the same number of subjects but we are committed to teaching subjects (accredited and non-accredited) which prepare them for adulthood, enable them to access post 16 education and /or employment, gives them increased social and cultural capital and enables them to access, gain and use powerful knowledge.
The core subjects we offer are Maths, English, Science and ICT. All of these are GCSE and/or Functional Skills accredited
The foundation subjects we offer are Art & Design, CDT, PE, Global and Food Technology. All of these are BTEC accredited.
The vocational subjects we offer are Motor Vehicle maintenance, Hair & Beauty, Construction, Sport & Leisure. All of these are accredited.
We deliver PSHEE and RSE across both key stages.
Our Interventions Curriculum
The interventions curriculum at TGS is designed to enhance pupil progress and achievements by augmenting academic subject teaching and learning. We want each of our pupils (all of whom have an EHCP) to progress towards successful outcomes in targeted areas of SEMH. We can enable many of our pupils to use interventions as a springboard to develop the skills to learn in formal settings.
Our Enrichment Curriculum
We offer a wide range of experiences and challenges that enrich our curriculum. This is to ensure that our students are inspired to learn outside of the classroom and develop the skills required for the world beyond their secondary education. We plan to whet their appetite and develop a love of learning something new which may not necessarily end up being judged by an exam or a piece of coursework.
Please note: more information about our curriculum offer can be found by clicking the link below and accessing the whole school policy in the school policies section on this website