Sandon Curriculum Rationale
The “Building Communities of Specialist Provision” scheme. An £86 million investment from the Local Authority across many of the county’s special schools is being used to expand and improve special school provision to ensure the needs of all pupils can be met as close to their homes as possible. The strategy will see Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School amalgamate to become one all needs all through school, operating on three sites by 2025. The start of the hydro-pool build at Sandon School has prompted an early redistribution of pupils between the two schools. As a result, Ambergate Sports College is now providing education to a wider range of learning needs, having previously been specialised in MLD.
The curriculum of the individual schools and the close partnership is acknowledging the forthcoming amalgamation and redistribution of pupils between the two schools. Each school has a clear curriculum intent and implementation with the vision of a one school model. Where required, pupils can move between sites, during their educational journey, to access suitable and challenging curriculum provision. Such decisions are made by school leadership in collaboration with the local authority.
At Sandon School, our curriculum is designed to meet the individual needs of our pupils and to be Valuable, Inspirational and Personalised. The topic-based approach is intended to provide stimulating learning experiences and link concepts within an overarching theme.
In order to implement our curriculum successfully for our different cohorts of pupils, the curriculum is divided into three pathways as detailed below. The same overall topic is studied by the three of the curriculum pathways. This is so that classes can take a mixture of approaches if necessary to support differentiation. The curriculum allows flexibility to enable us to provide individuals with a bespoke curriculum.
Our aim at Sandon is to provide a relevant, meaningful and motivating curriculum to maximise pupil engagement and in turn to facilitate deep learning and contextualising concepts. Personalised provision allows teachers to plan in direct response to pupil’s individual needs and interests and taking account of their barriers to learning.
The impact of our curriculum is measured by assessing progress using triangulated assessment with the aim of this leading to deeper personalisation of learning. Pupils work towards awards and accreditation. Sandon is part of the Caring 2 learn research project aimed at improving outcomes for looked after and vulnerable children. We have achieved Eco- schools and International school awards and Sandon is a UNICEF rights respecting school.
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