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Phase 3 Discover Curriculum

Charlotte Bartlett, Phase 3 Leader

All learning is individualised and personalised to each child or young person at Oakley School. We use a Total Communication approach to ensure children and young people can access all learning and activities. Visual supports such as ‘now and next’ boards, task management boards and visual timetables are also used to help prepare children and young people for the day and tasks ahead. We have frequent opportunities for children and young people to practise and make progress towards Education, Health and Care Plan Targets. To help evidence this we use Home School books to share with Parents/Carers. Parents/Carers are encouraged to also take pictures or write about their child’s achievements at home and send them into school. Additionally, frequent opportunities are provided for children to apply their learning to the 'real world,' helping to further embed their learning. All lessons and teaching are adapted so that children and young people can access the curriculum. Staff plan using personalised strategies and supports within each class to ensure that all children and young people enjoy learning and make progress towards their own targets and outcomes.


In Phase 3 we follow the Discover Curriculum. This curriculum is designed for pupils aged 12 to 16 years who work towards accreditation and their personal profile. The curriculum is creative and intends to engage and inspire the pupils with their learning in order they make progress. The curriculum themes provide progression from Phase 2 topic based learning, enabling pupils to discover their own interests. Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural development is at the heart of teaching and learning within this curriculum.


Accredited courses offered in Phase 3 have been chosen to develop skills for life and independence and include Edexcel Functional Skills (Maths and English), BTEC Home Cooking, BTEC Land Based Studies and Entry Level Certificates.


In Phase 3, the Class Teacher is the person responsible for overseeing all aspects of the pupils’ education and for monitoring their progress within their class. All pupils meet at least twice daily with their teacher.


Oakley offers a wide range of trips to enhance the curriculum, for example, trips to the theatres, museums and art galleries, using local community facilities, sports matches and PE enrichment afternoons. Oakley also offers residential trips, including an annual Ski trip to enable all learners to maximise their potential and achieve.