BACKGROUND

The Meadows Sports College delivers a balanced exciting curriculum with opportunities for enrichment activities. The curriculum has been personalised to meet the needs of our learners.

The curriculum is constantly reviewed to meet the needs of our changing population. We ensure delivery is dynamic and creative.

 

The curriculum incorporates aspects of Safeguarding, SMSC and Fundamental British values.

 

Key Stage 3 curriculum

Our KS3 students will follow a creative curriculum which focuses on the development of lifelong skills. This is personalised to meet individual needs and supports the targets from the EHCP..  We map the learning journey for each individual on a curriculum plan.

 

Learners working at P1i – P3ii access the curriculum through these areas:

  • Cognitive

  • Communication

  • Physical, swimming, hydro, yoga

  • PSD

  • Outdoor learning

  • Enrichment opportunities

These areas link to all other areas of the National curriculum through a thematic approach and the curriculum related experiences offered appropriate to each subject.

 

Learners working at P4+ access the curriculum through the following areas:

  • Numeracy and science

  • Communication and literacy

  • PSD, Citizenship and SRE

  • Art, DT, Music

  • Humanities

  • RE

  • MFL

  • Outdoor learning

  • PE and swimming

  • Computing

  • Enrichment opportunities

Key stage 4 Curriculum

Our KS4 students follow a creative curriculum which focuses on the development of lifelong skills. This is personalised to meet individual needs.  We map the learning journey developing cognition and learning, independence and self-help skills, community and leisure for each individual on a curriculum plan.

Learners focus on cognition and learning through:

  • Personalised pathways

  • A broad curriculum to support the EHCPs and interests of the students

  • National recognised accreditation

  • Thematic days-Foundation

 

Learners focus on Self-help and Independence through:

  • Strong PSD focus-home skills, personal care, meals

  • Works experience (internal)

  • Promoting individual identity and voice through student council

  • SRE

  • Support to attend own professionals meetings professional meetings

  • Partnership working Inclusive multi-agency practice-Professional’s learning together

 

Learners focus on community through:

  • Educational visits including residentials

  • Local College taster sessions

  • Community arts projects

  • Youth club

  • Travel training

  •  Rep theatre

  •  D of E

Learners focus on Leisure and health through:

  • Promoting Well-being through exercise

  • Enrichment club, within school and with external partners

  • Personal physical support programmes

  • Support  to attend CAHMS meetings as appropriate

Sixth Form Curriculum

Our Sixth Form students follow a creative curriculum which focuses on the development of lifelong skills. This is personalised to meet individual needs.  We map the learning journey developing cognition and learning, independence and self-help skills, community and leisure for each individual on a curriculum plan
 

Learners focus on cognition and learning through:

  • Nationally Recognised accreditation

  • Core skills curriculum with an English, Maths and PSD focus                           

Learners focus on Self-help and Independence through

  • Strong PSD focus-preparing for independent living

  • Works Experience (External)

  • Celebrating individual identity

  • SRE for key learners

  • Support to attend own professionals meetings

  • Access to advocacy as required

Learners focus on Community through

  • Educational visits, including Residentials

  • Local College Learning opportunities

  • Community  Arts projects

  • Youth club

  • Travel training in the local community

Learners focus on Leisure and Health through

  • Promoting sustainable Well Being in the local community

  • Enrichment clubs within school and with external partners

  • Personal physical support programmes

  • Support to attend placement preparation meetings as appropriate

 

Enrichment opportunities

There are a broad range of partners supporting the personalised curriculum across all key stages. Successful partnership work enables our learners to receive a broader range of relevant experiences both in and out of school. We have strong links with the Portway Lifestyle Centre, the Rep and the Ballet. There are also a range of residential and vocational experiences. In addition there is a strong focus on partners working closely with the school to enable all pupils to learn to keep themselves safe and in ensuring their health and well-being is continually focussed on.

Multi-agency

There is a Multi-Agency team on site, who work very closely with school staff on developing bespoke programmes to maintain the young person’s well-being and get the young person ready to learn. The Multi-agency team includes Speech and Language Therapists, Children’s Community nurses, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapists, and Teachers for the Visually Impaired and Hearing impaired.

Homework
Pupils are expected to complete appropriate homework in support of their learning. The school has a Homework Policy and parents are encouraged to support their child in the completion of any homework set by teachers. This may include working with communication aids such as PECS symbols and ALD displays and following physiotherapy programmes.

Assessment

Individual pupils are assessed on a daily basis and this information is used as measure of how well students understand the elements in aspects of the curriculum being taught. Targets are set, and monitored and reviewed on a termly basis.

Teachers are careful not to lose spontaneity and excitement with the delivery of the curriculum as it is not meant to be a recipe to follow but as a guide for teachers to plan appropriate challenging next steps for each individual learner.

Moderation

We ensure that work from each group is internally moderated, this is co-ordinated through the Heads of Key Stage.  At KS4 and Sixth Form, work is taken for external moderation with partner schools in the Black Country Partnership.  Additionally, work is verified nationally at Awarding Body level.  

Transition

Year 6 students’ work is moderated in the spring before they transfer to Meadows in September to place the students on the Meadows Curriculum. Across KS4 accreditation is closely matched to the P Level achievement of the pupil then at the end of year 11 students’ work is moderated against English and Maths P levels to identify appropriate accreditation in the Sixth form.

Individual progression

Termly data checks highlight students who are performing below their optimal personal level. Class teachers, under the guidance of the leadership team, implement interventions putting personalised strategies in place to support pupils to achieve their challenging targets.

Pupil progress/work sampling takes place termly.