School Aims……… what is our purpose?
We aim to provide a learning community that promotes social inclusion, health, personal and emotional well-being that helps all individuals succeed and develop to their maximum potential.
We teach pupils the skills, knowledge and give them confidence to enable them to gain as much independence as they possibly can. We help pupils to make choices, and provide opportunities for them to become part of the wider community. We work with pupils to reduce the effect of their disabilities and manage other challenges that get in the way of their learning.
In our Learning Community we aim to:
Provide learning experiences which:
– Provide an emotionally safe, motivating and attractive environment, where pupils can develop and be educated at a suitable pace.
– Recognise and celebrate all levels of achievement
– Provide a personalised curriculum to meet the needs of the children and young people in the Central area of the borough
– Embrace the uniqueness of each person through an holistic approach
Provide care and guidance in which:
- Adults and pupils show care, consideration and mutual respect.
- Adults and pupils respect and show care of our school, local community, the environment and the world in which we live.
- All adults attempt to raise the self esteem of each individual by recognising success and achievement.
- We provide an emotionally competent environment which supports the social and emotional well-being of the whole school community.
Provide an ethos which:
- Emphasises equality of opportunity for all pupils and adults irrespective of gender, ability, ethnicity and social circumstances.
- Lays the foundation for children to develop into balanced and mature citizens, able to contribute successfully to the community of which they will be become part.
- Provides a positive commitment to work in partnership with parents and professional services to provide appropriate support for the best interests of the children and young people.
- Promotes social inclusion for all children and young people we service by ensuring presence, participation and achievement.
The school is organised into the EYFS, KS1, KS2 and KS3 provision.
The School has a Speech and Language Therapist who works with children and staff across all key stages.
Classes in the primary school are arranged to provide progression for all pupils. Depending on the child’s learning difficulty some pupils may remain in their class for two to three years, whilst some children will move classes on an annual basis. This usually occurs in upper key stage two. There are two classes in KS 2 that are designed to meet the needs of pupils with autism and pupils who require a functional curriculum. Careful timetabling and planning bring all of our pupils of similar ages together for varied activities during the week.
Staff, facilities and resources
The school is very generously staffed with teachers and teaching assistants. There are also a number of specialist staff, some of whom are employed by the school and some who come in to work with the pupils. These include nurses, social workers, speech therapists, physiotherapists, dance and yoga teachers and many others. Despite having so many specialists in the school, great care is taken to plan for the whole child’s needs. All specialists work in direct co-operation with the pupil’s class teacher who ensures that there is a balanced curriculum. The school is exceptionally well resourced with information communication technology, books, toys, and specialist equipment. There is a fleet of vehicles, a sensory room, a play therapy room and a training room for staff and pupils. Outside there is a millennium garden, a vegetable garden, a playground and adventure play areas with swings, sandpits, bikes, tricycles and various other toys.
What we teach and how we teach it.
A programme for each pupil
As the child passes through the school and develops, it could be said that s/he is climbing a ladder. Each step represents a skill and the ladder is taking the child towards independence. Because each child is different and has different strengths, the next rung of the ladder will be unique to them. For some the next step will be pointing to a toy or using sign language to communicate effectively, and for others it may be cooking lunch or reading the sports page of the newspaper. Therefore, to meet each pupil’s needs an individual programme of work is drawn up every term with a focus on basic skills i.e. literacy, numeracy and P.S.H.C.E. For Early Years children the focus will be language development and achieving early years developmental milestones.
The National Curriculum
The curriculum taught at Knowsley Central is based on the National Curriculum but aims to be flexible to meet the diverse and changing needs of our pupils. The curriculum design reflects an innovative and creative approach where the curriculum subjects and programmes of study have been significantly modified to ensure access to learning for all groups including the gifted and talented cohort.
In addition to the pupils’ individual programmes, classes or groups will be working on basic skills linked to ability and curriculum planning will include topics that provide exciting, stimulating and wider learning experiences. National curriculum subjects pitched at an appropriate level will usually determine the content of these topics.
Health Education (including sex education)
There is a health education syllabus that runs through the school, ensuring that knowledge is built up gradually over a period of years. So for example, a five year old child may be learning about washing hands, and at 13 a young student may be learning about personal well-being. As well as this syllabus, individual needs are met as and when they arise, through individual programmes.
Activities outside the classroom
Beside out of school activities like swimming, athletics, football, and community activities. Many of our older students will also take part in our award schemes for example Major’s Award and ASDAN diploma awards.