Overview of Focused Pathway
This curriculum supports pupils who are placed longer term within a Raedwald Trust setting at Key Stage 4.
It is taught through discreet subject teaching at Key Stage 4 and is derived directly from the National Curriculum. Placements are full-time for up to 2 years at a Raedwald Trust site. Pupils remain dual-roll with their mainstream school with the Raedwald Trust setting being subsidiary. Working together, the mainstream school and Raedwald Trust will ensure pupils are entered for their end of key stage examinations. Dependent on the pupil, some pupils may also continue to access learning within their home school environment in order to ensure that each pupil has the opportunity to be entered for a minimum of 8 GCSEs or equivalent qualifications. Curriculum objectives are often taught sequentially across subjects but opportunities to revisit learning are embedded into curriculum overviews and planning thus ensuring long term knowledge acquisition and retention within each subject. Subject programmes of study span from Year 10 to Year 11 and teaching is responsive to the age/stage of the pupil when he/she arrives within the Trust.
Focused Pathway: Minimum Expectations
The Foundations of the Focused Pathway
- An aspirational vision for each child that is underpinned by a belief that all children and young people can successfully access learning.
- A commitment to developing positive attitudes towards learning with all pupils.
- A clear and progressive curriculum offer which outlines key skills and experiences.
- A regular and clear review process to ensure the curriculum offer remains aspirational and appropriate to current presenting need.
- Access to the Raedwald Trust curriculum through Quality First teaching.
- Use of Individual Learning Plans to support clear links between teaching strategies and pupils presenting needs (including those linked to an EHCP).
- An effective assessment system which supports teachers with identifying and filling gaps in understanding.
The Teaching of Our Focused Pathway
- The Head of School/Head Teacher will ensure that transition planning for post-16 is identified early for all pupils.
- If appropriate, HoS/HT will be responsible for transitioning pupils onto an alternative pathway and/or making referrals for reintegration back into mainstream (through IYFAP or alternative appropriate procedures).
- The Head of School/Head Teacher will have responsibility to ensure each pupil has the opportunity to be entered for up to 8 GCSEs (or equivalent) if appropriate.
Minimum Curriculum Expectations:
- Access to direct, site based teaching.
- Blended curriculum offer, as appropriate, to ensure breadth and depth of curriculum meets statutory guidance.
- Opportunity to access vocational learning (if appropriate).
- Opportunity to access off-site activities (if appropriate).
- Support with post-16 transition.
- Completion of entry assessment and transition unit