Curriculum offer for ‘My Independence’

At The Meadows, our aim is to provide a curriculum that accommodates and supports the needs of our students so that they are as independent as possible, able to participate in the wider community and prepared for adult life.

This bubble includes independence and life skills, statutory careers information and guidance, and work related learning.

Pre-formal:

The pre-formal pathway is taught in a largely cross-curricular format through a range of multisensory experiences, objects and stimuli, which will encourage students to respond and communicate their preferences and make choices.  Personal and social development is facilitated through a range of different media and shared experiences, to include encounters with other adults in the community. In Key stage 4 this includes units for ASDAN PPU 1-4 alongside opportunities for a TITAN award. In Key Stage 5 students work towards accreditation in ASDAN Life Skills Challenge at WTE level. All students receive individual careers information and guidance, and take part in careers week, which includes a range of encounters with other adults in the community, as well as whole school enterprise and pathway STEM activities.

 

Semi Formal:

The semi-formal pathway includes a range of units selected according to individual need; development of independence skills is supported by experiences both on- and off-site to include travel, other people and the community.  Development of life-skills may include self-care, cleaning, shopping, food and drink preparation and caring for others. In Key stage 4 this also includes units for ASDAN PPU 5-10 alongside opportunities for a TITAN award. In Key Stage 5 students work towards accreditation in ASDAN Life Skills Challenge at Entry Level 1.  All students receive individual careers information and guidance, and take part in careers week, which includes encounters with other adults in the community, role-play, and visits to places of work, as well as whole school enterprise and pathway STEM activities.

 

Formal:

The formal pathway includes a range of units selected according to individual need; development of independence skills will be supported by experiences both on- and off-site to include independent travel, working with other people and playing a part in the community.  Development of life-skills supports students in looking after themselves and the home. In Key stage 4 this also includes units for OCR Entry Level 2/3 Life and Living Skills, alongside opportunities for a TITAN award. In Key Stage 5 students work towards accreditation in ASDAN Life Skills Challenge at Entry Level 2-3 and PSD at Entry 1-3.  All students receive individual careers information and guidance, and take part in careers week, which includes different careers and roles in the community, work related activities and visits to places of work, as well as whole school enterprise and pathway STEM activities.

Ash Furness

Ash.furness@themeadows.sandwell.sch.uk