How do we adapt the curriculum and learning environment?
What you learn at the school will depend on how much you know already. If you are a younger pupil you will learn what everyone else learns in other schools but at a level you can understand. There are plenty of staff to help you understand and who will guide you to make sure what you learn are the right things for your future. As you get older at the school you have more choice in what you learn.
Parents and carers:
Our curriculum is designed to engage pupils with a variety of needs while meeting national requirements. The curriculum is organised into four broad streams which recognise a pupils’ stage of learning while the breadth of what we offer acknowledges a pupil’s age:
Curriculum and learning environment is offered at these four different levels depending upon:
All these levels include
KEY STAGE 1-3
The work is made relevant and interesting through careful planning and a programme of thematic work, which links the subjects together and makes them meaningful for our pupils. A wide range of resources support the curriculum including a library, comprehensive multi-media material, computer software, Interactive whiteboards, Internet access etc. The curriculum includes:
KEY STAGE 4
Students continue to be organised into the four streams: Life Choices; Life Skills; Vocational and Academic. The curriculum becomes more individualised with a greater range of choices.
KEY STAGE 5
We offer additional nationally recognised certificates which will support pupils in their future lives including food hygiene, workplace health and safety and first aid. Pupils in Key Stages 4 and 5 choose an option from different pathways and in addition to their core curriculum follow the pathway for at least three afternoons per week.
Sport and Fitness at Dorothy Goodman School
Pupils from the school have been members of various Special Olympics teams. We believe that opportunities for regular exercise and sports are an important part of pupils' development, and all pupils are offered physical education in the curriculum appropriate to their needs.
Physiotherapy is incorporated throughout the school day to meet individual pupil’s needs.
How do we consult with parents and the pupils to involve them in the education and prepare them for adulthood?
You will have a home/ school diary so your parents/carer and class staff can regularly communicate and support you together. When you get older, you may do some of this for yourself.
Every year you are invited to attend your annual review or can choose to give your views by video or however you choose. All students aged 14 and over have more chances to talk about wider issues relating to your life and dreams.
There is a school council for the students in the school to share their views and ideas.
Parents and Carers:
Every child has a home/school diary. This is a two way communication and we value the input from home. It is completed by school on a daily or weekly depending on your child’s needs. .
Formal EHC plan reviews are held annually, with parents and their child and any professionals currently involved. Any aspects of a child's development can be discussed at the review, and parents will be fully involved in setting targets for the following twelve months as well as longer term outcomes for the next 3 years or so.
We hold three parent consultation events each year in addition to the annual review meetings. These provide an opportunity to discuss progress and any issues that may be arising.
If it is considered that the education provided is not meeting the needs of the child, we do not hesitate in seeking the help of outside professionals or arranging a review of provision within school.
We have a parent working group which is open to any parent and meets termly.