Curriculum Intent

At The Meadows, our aim is to provide a broad, balanced, relevant and personalised curriculum that accommodates and supports the needs of our students in their preparation for adult life.  This includes being as independent as possible to be able to participate as fully as they are able to in the wider community. We have high expectations of all of our students and have created a curriculum with activities that are stimulating and which will encourage and support the learning of all students.

Communication, wellbeing, independence and enjoyment are the key drivers: we want our students to be happy, to feel safe, to achieve their potential and to feel valued as a member of the community.

The curriculum has been developed across three Key Stages and three pathways to ensure appropriate provision for all students:

Our pre-formal pathway offers a multi-sensory approach which will encourage students to respond and communicate their emotions and feelings, develop preferences and make choices to support their independence.  Students will be working towards ASDAN qualifications in Key Stages 4 and 5.

The semi-formal pathway is partly cross-curricular, with a focus on developing transferable skills. Students will be offered ASDAN PPU and Lifeskills Challenge qualifications in Key Stages 4 and 5.

The formal pathway offers students more discrete subject-based provision, leading to OCR and ASDAN Entry Level and Level 1 / 2 qualifications at Key Stages 4 and 5.

The curriculum was guided by the outcomes of the Rochford review and places the EHCP at the heart of our provision, enabling us to incorporate individualised targets and measure progress in a wide range of contexts and applications in a truly inclusive way.  The curriculum is distributed across five ‘bubble’ areas: My Thinking; My Communication; My Independence; My Body and My Lifestyle (see Bubble plan on school website). This was developed in line with the structure of the EHCP, and defers to both Local Authority and national statutory requirements; British Values and the new RSE, PSHE and CIG statutory entitlement are taught within the bubble areas and through cross-curricular whole school theme days.

The curriculum map and planning ensures that we build on students’ prior learning, and enables them to recap, revisit and consolidate learning across the three Key Stages.

We recognise and celebrate the fact that every member of the school community is unique and we have created a curriculum that is appropriate for each individual across all pathways and Key Stages. Accreditation is offered to all students along with a range of recognised awards such as the Duke of Edinburgh award.  Community partnerships are integral to our provision and we work closely with the onsite specialist multi-agency team to develop bespoke programmes that support the individual needs of our students.