Curriculum


The School Curriculum is designed to be sufficiently flexible to meet the individual needs of all our pupils. All activities that take place during the school day are part of our ‘Whole School Curriculum’.

For our pupils aged 11-16 years we have developed an assessment model which combines the National Curriculum, Social, Moral, Spiritual cultural (SMSC) and Personal, Social and Health Education (PSHE) and Citizenship Education (CE).

Our Curriculum is designed to address the individual developmental, sensory, physical, personal, social, emotional and communications needs of the pupil. We offer a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum to each pupil as part of our whole school approach to educational entitlement.

Each pupil has a Personal Education Plan (provided initially by the placing authority) or Personal Education Targets, provided by the teacher. As the majority of our pupils have current EHC Plans or are on the special needs register, they would also have an Individual Education Plan (IEP).

These documents are formulated by the teacher in consultation with parents, social workers and outside agencies and incorporate educational and therapeutic support. The plan contains individual objectives and targets, which are regularly monitored and updated by staff. Pupils’ progress is reviewed through teacher assessment and is reported formally via, School Reports, Review Meetings, End of Placement reports and statutory review reports.

We currently have a team of thirty staff including qualified teachers and experienced tutors, all teaching a variety of subjects in line with the National Curriculum or choosen qualification. Subjects covered include:

Maths, English, Science, PSHE, ICT, Catering, ASDAN, Sport, Art.

We use the life skills syllabus of ASDAN as well as their bronze award. The ASDAN provision is set to increase within the school to enable as much transferable work and qualifications to be achieved.

We also have our own outdoor sports tutor who oversees various offsite outdoor activities, including swimming, sport, rock climbing, dancing, tennis and a variety of water sports. We also use the services of our own Urban Arts tutor. He uses song writing, music production, DJ’ing, dancing and where appropriate graffiti art work etc. as a means to engage our young people.

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Key stage 3 is recognised as being the crucial building blocks for student’s integration when entering back into the education system. The majority of students that arrive have been unable to succeed in a variety of educational placements and have severe low self-esteem. Fair Ways school priority is engaging young people in a nurturing positive environment by providing a safe secure school with consistent therapeutic boundaries and individual 1:1 time tables around their specific needs to enable the pupils to engage. In turn this creates the first steps towards their new educational journey which includes the fundamental features of social and emotional aspects of learning. These include:

  • Social skills
  • Motivation
  • Self-awareness
  • Empathy
  • Managing feelings

Fair Ways school follow the national curriculum and model the next steps in learning approach for assessment for learning throughout the year. Pupils will have core subjects maths, English and science on timetable and be encouraged to participate in Catering, Art, Sport, personal social health education and the ASDAN modules taking steps in completing a variety of awards building on their educational achievements.

Pupils will also participate in a variety of outdoor education activities including, power boating, climbing, horse riding, archery and group sporting games.

Fair Ways school works closely with external agencies such as child and adolescent mental health teams, occupational therapists and educational psychologists which can all have input to how individual learning is decided to meet the needs of the pupils.

Key stage 4 is acknowledged as being the fundamental start to our students future life’s. Fair Ways school is a registered AQA exam centre and we offer a variety of qualifications depending on the needs of our students.

We can offer GCSE’s and Functional Skills in the following subjects:

  • Maths
  • English
  • Science
  • Catering
  • Art
  • Sport

All of these subjects can also offer entry level awards. With equivalent awards in ASDAN COPE and P.S.E.

Fair Ways School recognises that its pupils need to be prepared for adult life and often display other practical skills and interests . We have good links with Highbury College, Fareham college, Southdowns college and Saprsholt college whereby our students can access a variety of city and guilds qualifications in subjects such as Hair and Beauty, Animal care, Construction and motor mechanics. We always advise our key stage 4 students to access College 1 day a week working towards a 14-16 years vocational qualification with the expectation for them to access a post 16 college placement. Fair Ways school also have good relationships with EBP work experience and again encourage all our key stage 4 students to access a 1 week work placement or a on-going 1 day placement to prepare them with the skills to enter the work place. Fair Ways school has access to its own workshop based at Fort Wallington, Fareham where we deliver basic construction, woodwork and mechanics to facilitate some of these key stage 4 courses if the needs of the students are too demanding, always looking for transition when suitable.

Fair Ways school works closely with a variety of external professionals to meet the learning needs of our students, these include transition workers, no limits, child and adolescent mental health teams, occupational therapists and social workers.

Fair Ways School recognise there are significant benefits for young people to stay in education or training until at least the age of 19 years; they are much more likely to improve their qualifications and skills. This will be valuable in supporting a more positive future and more likely to build skills to become employed, as well as developing good social skills and healthy lifestyles.

Fair Ways School identifies that their pupils are more likely to need to have a transition into post 16 due to their special educational needs and unfortunate life events from early childhood.

Fair Ways School continues to offer a broad and bespoke curriculum into Post 16 offering a variety of qualifications to support young people’s individual needs. The young person’s curriculum can be solely with Fair Ways School, part-time with Fair Ways whilst attending a mainstream Further Education (FE) provision or where appropriate pupils can make transition to a FE provision at 16 if this is deemed necessary in line with the pupils Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan.

In Post 16 Fair Ways School continues to offer:

  • High level of support
  • GCSE qualifications or Functional Skills
  • Entry Level qualifications
  • Functional Skills
  • SEAL Targets
  • Pastoral support
  • Life and independent Skills
  • Preparation for working life qualifications
  • ASDAN qualifications
  • Vocational options. e.g. mechanics, construction
  • Work experience

During Post 16 there will continue to be an enormous emphasis on Maths and English as well as ICT. Each pupil will engage with a ‘Preparation for working life’ qualification to support a variety of important life skills such as enabling pupils to write Curriculum Vitaes. Fair Ways will ensure we make sure young people understand what they can choose to study and what impact different choices might have on their futures. Fair Ways School external careers advisor will write career pathways and support the young people with the information and steps needed to pursue their chosen careers.

Fair Ways School has good relationships with local FE providers and colleges and have worked closely with these to ensure a slow transition in supporting the individual needs of our young people.

Fair Ways school works closely with a variety of external professionals to meet the learning needs of our students; these include:

  • Transition workers
  • No Limits
  • Child and adolescent mental health teams
  • Youth offending Team
  • Social workers

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