Fair Ways Education 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 Life Skills.
Our curriculum is designed to address the individual developmental, sensory, physical, personal, social, emotional and communications needs of the pupils. 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 Specific Education Targets provided for all subject areas. As all the pupils have Education, Health, Care Plans they would also have an Individual Education Plan (IEP). The IEP is designed to ensure all aspects of the pupils education is being targeted and developed. 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 use the Life Skills Short Course Curriculum of ASDAN as well as their bronze award. The ASDAN provision is set to further increase within the school to enable as much transferable work and qualifications to be achieved as possible.
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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 initial priority is engaging young people in a nurturing positive environment. Fair Ways provide a safe secure school with consistent therapeutic boundaries and individual 1:1 time tables based around their specific needs.
Fair Ways Education follow the national curriculum and assess throughout the year using both formative and summative assessment approaches. Pupils will have core subjects – Maths, English and Science on timetable and be encouraged to participate in Catering, Art, Sport, Outdoor Education, Music, Humanities, Mechanics, ICT, Personal Social Health Education and Life Skills through 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.
We also work closely with external agencies such as child and adolescent mental health teams, and educational psychologists which can all have input to how individual learning is decided to meet the needs of the pupils. The schools are also supported through therapeutic input including Occuaptional Therapy, Speech and Language, Music and Play Therapy. As well as having access to a therapeutic art space and riding establishment.
Key stage 4 is acknowledged as being the fundamental start to our students future life’s. Fair Ways School is a registered AQA, Edexcel and OCR exam centre and we offer a variety of qualifications depending on the needs of our students.
We can offer GCSE’s, Functional Skills and Entry Level Qualifications in the following subjects:
All of these subjects can also offer Unit Awards through AQA. With equivalent awards in ASDAN.
We recognise that our pupils need to be prepared for adult life and often display other practical skills and interests. We have good links with all local colleges to support their transitions into mainstream college. 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. We also have access to external careers advice and again encourage all our key stage 4 students to access a 1 week work placement or an on-going 1 day placement to prepare them with the skills to enter the work place.
Pupils in Fair Ways Education will have access to our own workshop, based in 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.
We work 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.
We 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 Education identifies that 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 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 Education continues to offer:
- High level of support
- GCSE qualifications or Functional Skills
- Entry Level qualifications
- Functional Skills
- 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 ‘Independent Living’ qualification to support a variety of important life skills such as enabling pupils to write Curriculum Vitaes. We will ensure young people understand what they can choose to study and what impact different choices might have on their futures. Our 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 Education 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.
We work 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