Intent: Why we do what we do.

 

Our curriculum aims to inform and empower pupils in making them aware of the services and professionals- whose aim it is to support them in their journey, so that they have every chance to become socially, emotionally and mentally healthy adults who are secure in the knowledge that they can achieve their best.

The Northgate Curriculum will prepare pupils well for adulthood by giving pupils and their families access to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum. Every child has the right to access a coherent, knowledge and skills-rich curriculum- whatever that may look like-, which is suited to individual needs, whilst ensuring that it maintains an ambitious, culturally rich and robust quality, that teaches pupils the purpose of knowing themselves and building capacity and resilience to engage meaningfully with the world around them. Our curriculum aims to actively equip pupils in the effective management of their specific needs, and in doing so, build character, grit and purpose.

The job of all at Northgate School Arts College Trust is to provide a curriculum that identifies talents and skills, and builds on these factors in order to equip pupils for life as employed, socially-engaged, thriving adults in the 21st Century. We want to ensure pupils develop: good moral character, a healthy understanding of the rule of law and British values and integrity, overcome their barriers with positive attitudes and a ‘can do’ spirit; know where they fit in the world and how they can make their mark.

The Northgate Curriculum:  Building Skills and Knowledge Year-on-Year

The Northgate Curriculum provides well-sequenced, high-quality learning opportunities to pupils across a range of abilities. In order to best support our pupils, and in order to meet individual needs, learning and curriculum approaches are divided into three discrete learning streams or ‘Pathways’. Pathways 1, 2 & 3 are taught in the same ambitious, coherently sequenced and creative way, but are explicitly focused on assuring that curriculum content, skills and knowledge are made accessible in order to support pupils in achieving their true potential.

At Northgate, pupils follow programmes of study via three discrete pathways:


Pathway 1 is the Enhanced Provision strand. Pupils with more severe learning difficulties (SLD) follow this Pathway.

Pathway 2 is a specific grouping strand for pupils with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Pathway 3 is a specific grouping strand for pupils who have MLD as a main category of need.

Pathway 1

Pupils in Pathway 1 curriculum follows a thematic approach:

Thinking Skills: maths, Numeracy, Science and Information Technology

Communication Skills: English, Literacy, Speech & Language, Humanities& Religious Education

Art:  Performing Arts, Art, Drama, Dance and Music

Health and Wellbeing: Food and Cooking, Physical Education

Preparation for Adulthood (with Equals*):

Combined Life and Living Skills, Citizenship, Relationships and Sex Education, wellbeing, Careers & Employability, Social Moral Spiritual Cultural, education, Fundamental British Values & Character education.

Explicit skills linked to the themes are taught, and pupils in Pathway 1 enjoy an ambitious curriculum that explicitly caters for pupils with more acute intellectual and social needs, and builds on pupils’ skills and abilities, with the aim of equipping them for life.

Pathways 2 & 3

Pupils in Pathways 2 & 3 study the following subjects:

  • English
  • Literacy (Reading)
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Information Technology
  • Food & Cooking Skills
  • Creative Arts (Fine Art & Design)
  • Careers & Employability education
  • Performing Arts (Music, Drama & Dance) including Performance Skills (showcasing pupils’ talents, which may (amongst other things) include: technical lighting, set design or, directing.)
  • Humanities (RE, History, Geography)
  • Physical Education: health: including Leisure, fitness & wellbeing in the community.
  • Preparation for Adulthood & Equals*

At the end of Year 9, pupils may choose options, which will support them towards fulfilling their chosen post-16 learning pathway.

Option choices (listed in table 1) are available for pupils for whom qualification study is deemed appropriate and in the best interests of the pupil.

As a special school, we ensure that the content, skills, knowledge and structure of any qualification affords progression, coverage, breadth and balance to our curriculum.  Gaining a qualification is not a prerequisite of study; however, staff should be skilled in ensuring that ALL pupils access relevant well-planned, coherently sequenced content that will build knowledge and schema, that will equip pupils for work, society, life and personal independence.

 

 

Post-14 Experiences in Years 10 and 11:

Most Northgate pupils will engage in a long-term placement or college experience.

Year 10:  In Year 10, pupils will access the post-14 schools’ liaison offer at Moulton College, where they will study Floristry, Carpentry, Animal Care or Agriculture.

Depending on pupils’ intended destinations at the end of Key Stage 4, pupils who express an interest in certain qualifications (as discussed at Year 8 and 11 annual reviews and Prospects Interviews), will be able to access taster experiences at Northampton College, or a City and Guilds Entry Level qualification at Moulton College.  Pupils who wish to access other colleges, work-based providers or other school-based providers (such as post-16 sixth forms) will also have access to bespoke programmes (in line with their EHCP outcomes).

Year 11: All pupils in Year 11 will access a vocational experience at The Bee Hive, where they will access one of four areas: Hospitality, Catering, Retail or Leisure. This experience supports pupils in their transition to The Bee Hive, or their chosen post-16 provision. Pupils in Pathway 1 access the vocational offer at The Bee Hive, weekly; this constitutes part of their curriculum timetable. Due to the need to fulfil guided learning hours in Pathways 2&3 will access The Bee Hive several times per year as planned opportunities/visits, but the focus with these pupils is ensuring access to a wide range of post-16 providers and enabling access to support potential transition.

 

The Northgate Curriculum

Pathway 1

KS3

No per week

KS4

Qualification

No per week

KS5 progression/link:

(The Bee Hive)

Thinking Skills: maths, Numeracy, Science and Information Technology

Thinking Skills: maths, Numeracy, Science and Information Technology

Maths: NCFE Entry Level

Science: AQA Entry Level

ICT: OCR Entry Level

RWI Fresh Start/Literacy taught through OCR Life and Living Skills)/BTEC Work Skills.

Communication Skills: English, Literacy, Speech & Language, Humanities (Geography & History) & discrete Religious Education

Communication Skills: English, Literacy, Speech & Language, Humanities (Geography & History) & discrete Religious Education

English: AQA Entry Level

NCFE Functional Skills

History & Geography) OCR Entry Level

AQA AIM Award in RE

Literacy (taught through OCR Life and Living Skills)/BTEC Work Skills.

Art: Performing Arts, Art, Drama, Dance and Music

BTEC Performing Arts (content only)

BTEC Performing Arts Level 1

Health & Wellbeing: Food and Cooking, Physical Education

No qualification

PE: Duke of Edinburgh (Bronze)

Food: Food Hygiene

Preparation for Adulthood: combined Life and Living Skills, Citizenship, Relationships and Sex Education, wellbeing, Careers & Employability, Social Moral Spiritual Cultural, education, Fundamental British Values & Character education.

Preparation for Adulthood & Equals

No qualification

OCR Life and Living Skills

 

Pathways 2&3

KS3

No per week

KS4

Qualification:

No per week

KS5 progression/link:

(The Bee Hive)

·         English

English Literature and Language

Functional Skills

AQA GCSE or NCFE

·         Literacy (Reading)

Literacy (Reading) Fresh Start &/or Reciprocal Reading

Employability-focused Reciprocal Reading

·         Maths

Maths

OCR GCSE or NCFE Functional Skills

Numeracy taught through OCR Life & Living Skills/BTEC Work Skills

·         Science

Science (Biology)

AQA GCSE Biology or  AQA Entry Level

No progression

·         Information Technology

Information Technology

OCR Functional Skills or OCR Entry Level

Media Studies

·         Food & Cooking Skills

Food and Cookery Skills

BTEC Level 1**

Basic Food Hygiene to be taken by some pupils

BTEC Food and Cookery Skills Level 1/2  or Catering and Hospitality professional qualifications.

Food Hygiene Level 1

·         Creative Arts (Fine Art & Design)

Fine Art & Design

AQA GCSE Art or NCFE Art & Design Level 2

Extra option: NCFE Digital Art***

No progression

·         Careers & Employability education

Careers & Employability

NCFE Level 1 Employability

OCR Work Skills

Industry Standards Training:

Customer Services

Barista Studies

Animal Care

RHS Horticulture Qualification

Supported Internships

Work Experience and Employer liaison.

·         Performing Arts (Music, Drama & Dance) including Performance

·          Skills (showcasing pupils’ talents, which may (amongst other things) include technical lighting, set design or, directing.)

Performing Arts

BTEC Performing Arts Entry Level 3

BTEC Performing Arts Level 1

·         Humanities (RE, History, Geography)

Humanities (RE, History, Geography)

GCSE Geography or OCR Entry Level Geography****

GCSE History or OCR Entry Level History****

GCSE (short course) RE****    or AQA AIM Award in RE****

No progression

·         Physical Education: health: including  Leisure, fitness & wellbeing

Physical Education: health: including  Leisure, fitness & wellbeing

No qualification

Duke of Edinburgh Award (Bronze)

·         Preparation for Adulthood

Preparation for Adulthood & Equals*

No Qualification

First Aid level 1 to be taken by some pupils.

PSD (Personal & Social Development)

OCR Life and Living Skills (CEPSAR)

COSH

First Aid

Health and Safety

 

Enrichment, Careers and Theme Days

All pupils will have access to some level of enrichment activity during their time at Northgate.

Enrichment opportunities will take place across the year; we collapse our teaching timetable to accommodate our planned enrichment sessions and Theme Days.

EHCP outcomes, and the Preparation for Adulthood agenda and curriculum, with the onus on getting ‘ready for the real world, are the central premise of our Enrichment & Specialist Support programmes. Everything we do is about developing the whole child and creating new ways to help them find their talents and excel in them!

Personal Learning

Social Learning

Skill Development

  THEME DAYS—ASSEMBLIES—PREPARATION FOR ADULTHOOD--- EQUALS –CAREERS & ENTERPRISE ---EMPLOYABILITY--- Parent Ambassadors--- Interventions by specialists & Professionals

·         Protective Behaviours with our PSA (Parent Support Adviser)

·         ELSA (Emotional Literacy Support Assistant)

·         Sensory and Timeout rooms to support greater self-regulation.

·         Circle of Friends

·         Speech and Language

·         BLANKS inference training

·         LEGO therapy

·         Hydrotherapy

·         Physiotherapy

·         Specialist Counselling (Action for Asperger’s)

·         Referrals to external agencies, including: Specialist Support, Service Six, The Lowdown, CIRV and other Local Offer assured provisions.

·         School Nurse and Specialist PSHE nurse interventions.

·         Small-class support (higher ratio of staffing and personalised timetable) (for pupils who require additional time in their own designated learning space, to support delayed integration.

·         Travel training through EQUALS (14+)

·         Social Skills

·         After-school clubs

·         School Council & Eco Team

·         BLANKS inference training

·         LEGO therapy

·         Care in the Community (link with/visitation to a local care home)

·         Job Shop – internal apprenticeships: pupils working at designated times, as a member of their chosen department/area of work.

·         Moulton College”

·         Taster days and visits to Post-16 provisions

·         The Bee Hive.

·         Drumming and Guitar (peripatetic)

·         University and post-16 provision visits

·         Period 7: Additional learning time after school to secure progress for GCSE pupils in selected subjects.

·         ‘Pop up’ school enterprise businesses, supported by our Enterprise Adviser.

“The mainstream school experience had made our child sad, unhappy and alone. Her school life was transformed almost overnight here at Northgate. She was able to enjoy attending school, to learn and achieve her potential.

Jenny Clark

 

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