Pupils at Elms Bank

Pathways

Thrive Pathway

The Thrive Pathway is for students who have more complex learning difficulties, including those with profound and multiple learning difficulties. Students within the Thrive Pathway usually stay at Elms Bank from Year 7 until the end of Year 14; this includes three years within Elms Bank College. At the end of Year 14 students typically move from Elms Bank into Further Education and undertake appropriate courses suitable for their needs.

Within Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 the curriculum looks quite different to the traditional curriculum which other learners in the school follow. It is split into 6 key areas: Independent Living, Communication and Literacy, Cognition and Thinking, Global Learning, Creative Studies and Movement; each of these areas encompasses other curriculum areas and each is presented in a more sensory way. At KS4 the students are able to complete an ASDAN certificate in Personal Progress. Students in KS5 extend all their previous learning and aim to achieve a Diploma in Personal Progress by the end of Y14.

All students have access to 5 PSHE drop down days in which they experience and explore activities based on British Values, Bullying, Relationships, Diversity, Internet Safety, Emotional Well-Being/Self Image, and Drug and Alcohol Awareness; these areas are all presented in an appropriate way for the students and all the learning takes place through sensory activities.

Wider curriculum opportunities are celebrated and captured within each student’s personalised Applied Learning Passport. All these opportunities are documented within the passports, showing their involvement within extra-curricular activities, for example, clubs, arts week, the school play, sporting events, PSHE drop down days and residentials.

Nurture Pathway

The Nurture Pathway is for students who have social, emotional and/or mental health (SEMH) difficulties, including extreme anxiety. Prior to attending Elms Bank, students following the Nurture pathway have often been unable to attend mainstream settings for extended periods, due, for example, to extreme levels of anxiety.

This new bespoke pathway, starting September 2018, is a small Key Stage 3 provision.

Within Key Stage 3 the curriculum looks quite different to the traditional curriculum which other learners in the school follow. It provides a bespoke curriculum & timetable, tailored to an individual pupil’s needs, supported via an intense staffing ratio.

Pupils build from working individually, to working with other pupils. Some pupils will join with other classes on a part-time basis. The timetable allows for personalisation, including additional sensory and therapy support.

The following subjects form the ‘core’ at Key Stage 3:

·         English

·         Maths

·         Personal Development (inc PSHCE)

The curriculum is personalised to each student’s strengths and interests, but can include:

·         National Curriculum subjects, e.g. Arts, Science, Food Tech, Design Tech

·         Independent Living

·         Animal Care

·         Environment

·         Applied Learning, through work based opportunities

·         Therapies

All students have access to 5 PSHE drop down days in which they experience and explore activities based on British Values, Bullying, Relationships, Diversity, Internet Safety, Emotional Well-Being/Self Image, and Drug and Alcohol Awareness; these areas are all presented in an appropriate way for the students and all the learning takes place through sensory activities.

Independence and communication underpins all the curriculum and all students are supported by SALT programmes that run throughout the curriculum.

Wider curriculum opportunities are celebrated and captured within each student’s personalised Applied Learning Passport. All these opportunities are documented within the passports, showing their involvement within extra-curricular activities, for example, clubs, arts week, the school play, sporting events, PSHE drop down days and residentials.

The curriculum at KS4 and 5 will focus on gaining employability experience, skills and qualifications for this group of students.

Explore Pathway

The Explore Pathway is for students who are able to leave Elms Bank to seek supported living and employment. Students in the Explore Pathway may leave Elms Bank at Year 14 to attend an external college course. Very often students within the Explore Pathway need longer within a college environment to develop the skills needed to be able to go into employment.

From year 7, the Explore Pathway prepares students to study for a range of qualifications mostly at Entry Level (or equivalences). Some students are able to study for GCSE Art and BTEC Cooking.

They study the following range of subjects at Key Stage 3:

·         English

·         Maths

·         Science

·         Computing

·         Product Design

·         Food Technology

·         Art

·         Music

·         Drama

·         PE

·         Independent Living (PSHCE)

·         Global Learning (Geog, Hist, RE)

At Key Stage 4 they study the following:

·         English

·         Maths

·         Science

·         Computing

·         Product Design*

·         Food Technology*

·         Performing Arts*

·         Art*

·         PE

·         Respect (PSHCE)

*option subjects

At Elms Bank College (Key Stage 5) they study a range of ASDAN accredited courses.

(Some students may find the Internships a more appropriate route for Key Stage 5. At this point they will follow our Inspire Pathway, from which they can access a Library Internship and / or a Hospital Internship.)

Independence and communication underpins all the curriculum and all students are supported by SALT programmes that run throughout the curriculum.

All students have access to 5 PSHE drop down days in which they study British Values, Bullying, Relationships, Diversity, Internet Safety, Emotional Well-Being/Self Image, and Drug and Alcohol awareness.

Wider curriculum opportunities are celebrated and captured within the students personalised Applied Learning Passport. Within this document students record their involvement within extracurricular opportunities for example: clubs, arts week, the school play, sporting events, PSHE drop down days and residentials.

Inspire Pathway

The Inspire Pathway is for students who are able to leave Elms Bank to seek employment. Students in the Inspire Pathway may leave Elms Bank at Year 11 to attend an external college course or they may stay on within our college provision but seek employment through a supported traineeship/apprenticeship.

From year 7, the Inspire Pathway prepares students to study for a range of qualifications at GCSEs, BTECs, and Entry Levels (or equivalences).

They study the following range of subjects at Key Stage 3:

·         English

·         Maths

·         Science

·         Computing

·         Product Design

·         Food Technology

·         Art

·         Music

·         Drama

·         PE

·         Independent Living (PSHCE)

·         Global Learning (Geog, Hist, RE)

At Key Stage 4 they study the following:

·         English

·         Maths

·         Science

·         Computing

·         Product Design*

·         Food Technology*

·         Performing Arts*

·         Art*

·         PE

·         Respect (PSHCE)

*option subjects

At Elms Bank College (Key Stage 5) they study a range of ASDAN accredited courses in Yr12.

In Yr13 & 14 students choose an Internship Route (1,2, or 3). They can access a Library Internship, facilitate by Elms Bank staff, and / or a Supported Internship at Fairfield Hospital facilitated by Pure Innovations and Elms Bank staff.

The internship can be a one or two year programme and will support students to gain high quality and relevant employment skills. On completion of the internship programme, students may move on to gain experience of other work areas in the community environment, begin paid work or leave school early with the permission of their parents.

Students within the Inspire Pathway are encouraged to be as independent as possible, and many of our students are successful independent travellers at KS4.

Independence and communication underpins all the curriculum and all students are supported by SALT programmes that run throughout the curriculum.

All students have access to 5 PSHE drop down days in which they study British Values, Bullying, Relationships, Diversity, Internet Safety, Emotional Well-Being/Self Image, and Drug and Alcohol awareness.

Wider curriculum opportunities are celebrated and captured within the students personalised Applied Learning Passport. Within this document students record their involvement within extracurricular opportunities for example: clubs, arts week, the school play, sporting events, PSHE drop down days and residentials.