SEN Local Offer - Our Curriculum

All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our SEND philosophy places SEND children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils needs.

All pupils in school receive quality first teaching.  This means that a range of teaching and learning styles are used and that appropriate learning objectives are set for all children.  At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented. To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum Stephenson Academy and Nursery School remain committed to:

•Differentiated learning materials
•Access to ICT and Technology
•Additional in class support
•Additional out of class support
•Many Enrichment and Enjoyment opportunities to stimulate and motivate learning
•Flexible groupings – including small group support work
•An innovative and supportive curriculum
•The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions
•Mentoring and counselling
•A broad range of extra-curricular activities, including, one to one support and booster/extension sessions
•Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements
•Applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate

For English and maths the lower  ability children  are supported by teaching assistants.   Pupils are also offered additional one to one tuition, small group work or interventions where needed during the afternoons.

Our curriculum also includes the social and emotional aspects imperative for life long learning.   This is delivered through the PHSCE curriculum and specific intervention groups, such as theraputic story writing, social skills and drawing and talking. Our school has high expectations of behaviour, attitude and effort from all pupils. 

Life skills are developed through a range of curriculum activities including team building, cooperation and resilience through problem solving in lessons, team games, school trips, school council.