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Curriculum - Hazel Court School

The learning journey for each and every one of our students is very individualised, and we pride ourselves at Hazel Court School in the flexible and adaptable way that we support our learners to ensure that they achieve the best possible outcomes.
 

Hazelct042At Hazel Court School, we provide and deliver an exciting and engaging curriculum, which teaches our learners key skills in the core subjects in a way that is functional and relevant and which prepares them for their exit points and future adult lives.

Our curriculum is taught through a range of topics with a focus on personal development/behaviour for learning and subject based learning where relevant.

The curriculum at Hazel Court School is constantly being reviewed, developed, and updated, as we embrace new developments and changes in teaching approaches, methodology and assessment along with the expansion of specialist knowledge. Careers education and work related learning are embedded in the whole school curriculum and the school currently holds the Investors in Careers Award Stage 3 – Full Award.

Our medium term planning informs the target setting process. Individual learning outcomes are set and evaluated three times per year and these include personal development and curriculum (subject) targets depending on the needs of the individual.

Personal development and Therapy targets are set collaboratively with parents / carers, therapists and other relevant professionals promoting a holistic approach to each learner's education. Opportunities for our pupils and students to develop their social, moral, spiritual and cultural development are coherently planned and underpin our teaching and learning.

We recognise that all of our learners have an entitlement to access a relevant and functional subject-based curriculum but for those with more profound learning difficulties and complex needs we believe that their personal development, behaviour for learning and communication development is of paramount importance.

Learners are involved in the following, wherever possible:

  •   assessing their own learning (self- assessment)
  •   Identifying / suggesting own learning targets

Hazel Court Learning Wheel

We have developed the Hazel Court Learning Wheel, Which shows how the different aspects of our curriculum fit together with the learner at the centre of our teaching and learning .

CurriculumhazelcourtAs indicated in learning wheel, the following areas of learning underpin all elements of the curriculum:

  • Communication
  • Behaviour for learning
  • PSHE/Personal Development

The core subjects at Hazel Court are:

  • English (Communication)
  • Maths
  • Science (at the Secondary Department)

Please refer to the Learning Wheel to see all the elements of the curriculum at Hazel Court School.


Learner Voice

At Hazel Court we have an ethos of learner choice and learner voice. We strive to support our learners' communication and their ability to express their views and opinions on all matters that concern them.

Hazelct093We have a Total Communication approach at Hazel Court School and use a range of strategies including specific augmentative and alternative communication systems to support this. We ensure our learners are aware of their rights and support them in their understanding of what this means and how these impact on them. We are currently working towards our Bronze Award for Rights Respecting Schools and will be working towards Silver Award in September 2018.

The Pupil/Student Charter states:

  • Involve me in decisions that affect me. Encourage me to make choices abd give me the opportunity to give my views.
  • Support my right to be a part of the community

We have a Pupil Council at the Secondary Department and a School Council at the FE Department and each meets once/term

Our aim is for our learners to leave us as well developed, confident and independent young people who are ready to move on to and access the next phase of their lives.

Many of our students progress to our local colleges, and we work collaboratively with them to ensure that the curriculum we deliver and the ASDAN PSD and Personal Progress units we have chosen to assess, will prepare them for access to college courses post 19 and accredited at the end of Key Stage 5.

Transition is carefully planned each year and is tailored to each individual student's needs. This includes the students attending visits, taster days and weekly timetabled sessions.

Work experience is offered at different levels and may involve working with the school staff, with school staff in the community or working semi-independently at an external work placement.

At Hazel Court School we value our individuals and celebrate their learning.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum (years 7-9)

All learners follow a topic-basic curriculum which is organised into termly blocks. The topics have been carefully chosen and developed to reflect the diverse learning needs of the learners, motivation, relevance and functionality. Our ever-developing curriculum focuses on the functional skills needed.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum (years 10-11)

At Key stage 4 we are developing further functional skills in maths and English and add breadth with topic work. ASDAN accredited Personal Progress and PSD modules are followed and they reflect the changing needs of the learners as they prepare for transition to our FE Department.

Every learner in Year 11 will complete at least one accredited ASDAN Personal Progress (PP) or Personal and Social Development (PSD) module before they move to the FE Department.

The curriculum at Key Stage 4 is designed to support our older learners in the secondary department as they prepare for their transition to the FE Department and beyond.

Key Stage 5 Curriculum (years 12-14)

At Key Stage 5 the learners move to the FE Department. Here they are taught in class groups for a proportion of the day but regularly mix into different groups and come together as a whole department throughout the school week. This is an essential part of the daily running of the department with the aim of developing their social, communication and self-awareness skills and their ability to manage the challenges they may experience from this.

Learning outside the Classroom

Learners are provided with a wide range off-site experience and opportunities (including work experience) in order to generalise and practise their skills in different contexts within the community.

The FE Department delivers tailored study programmes to the individual aspirations and needs of learners which link with their Education Health Care Plans and covering the following:

  • Vocational or subject learning
  • Personal and Social development
  • Functional Skills (English, Maths, ICT)

English, Maths, PSHE and ICT are delivered in a cross-curricular way in order to develop functional skills for real life situations. The emphasis is on teaching functional literacy and numeracy skills, interpersonal and self-regulation skills as well as independent living skills, which will be of use to the learners in their next destinations and their future lives.

Work Experience - Secondary School

Hazel Court School Work Experience

 

 

Hazel Court School is committed to providing all learners with at least seven meaningful encounters with employers and at least one experience of a work experience placement from Year 7 to Year 14. With differentiated and bespoke planning, all learners access work experience in a way that is meaningful to them and supports their development, preparing them for their next destinations and future lives.

 

We develop strong links with community businesses and more recently now have a direct link with an Enterprise Advisor. We work directly with both the Morrisons and Tescos Community Champions who support us in providing a range of experiences for our learners.

 

Key Stage 3 & 4

 

Pupils have opportunities to develop ‘skills for work’ from year 7 and these opportunities continue throughout KS3 and KS4 with increased opportunities at KS4.

 

As with all of our learning, this is differentiated and for some pupils this might involve engaging with classroom jobs / increasing independence in carrying out jobs / roles within school and for others this might be more ‘formal’ e.g. assisting the care taker on a regular basis with a specific job.

 

At KS4, pupils follow the ASDAN units of work and some of the selected units are those, which will have a link with work-based learning / work experience.

Learning outcomes for work experience are set under the ILO heading ‘Independence and Community Involvement’ and ‘Personal development’

 

In November, every year, the Secondary Department takes part in National Takeover Day – although for us it usually becomes National takeover week.

During this week, there is an enhanced focus on developing work-based skills, there are in-class, in school, and community based opportunities for all pupils, depending on need.

 

One of our PMLD learners has a role / job of delivering letters etc. to staff around school and this supports his learning outcomes of generalising his communication skills with less familiar adults. 

 

Some examples of this are pupils working in the office, assisting the caretaker, working in the canteen (on the till / clearing tables), working at our co-located school.

 

We also have well-developed community based work experiences for pupils which includes Morrisons and Tescos.

 

Work Experience - F.E. Department

Hazel Court School Work Experience

 

 

Hazel Court School is committed to providing all learners with at least seven meaningful encounters with employers and at least one experience of a work experience placement from Year 7 to Year 14. With differentiated and bespoke planning, all learners access work experience in a way that is meaningful to them and supports their development, preparing them for their next destinations and future lives.

 

We develop strong links with community businesses and more recently now have a direct link with an Enterprise Advisor. We work directly with both the Morrisons and Tesco’s Community Champions who support us in providing a range of experiences for our learners.

Key Stage 5

 

At Key Stage 5 we offer a tiered approach to work experience which runs alongside the Aspire website run by East Sussex County Council (ESCC). ESCC offer a large range of employers who are willing to offer work experience placements.

 

We have access to a varied range of placement that we have sourced and used for many years and we are developing new links each academic year. All of our placements are visited, risk assessed, and approved by a member of the WEX team.

 

Work experience placements are tiered to support our students to progress in their work related learning and to develop and consolidate skills as they move through their placements.

 

Year 12

 

Internal placements are provided in order for students to work alongside Hazel Court School staff and include the main office, site supervisor, cleaner etc.

 

Year 12

 

External placements are provided and students work in the community supported by a member of Hazel Court School Staff.

 

Year 14

 

Placements are designed to stretch and challenge the students. Students are supported by Hazel Court School staff with a view to them stepping back to allow independence. In some cases, students may be able to access placements independently.

 

 

Potential Student Placements

 

Year 12 Placements

School office

Site Supervisor

Assistant Head

Cleaner

Year 13 Placements

Chalk Farm Hotel

St Wilfrid’s Hospice

Chalk Farm Garden Centre

Morrisons

Tescos

Year 14 Placements

The View Hotel

The Hydro Hotel

McDonalds

Morrisons

JPK project

Embrace Café

Tescos

 

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