Curriculum

Purpose
At Marshfields School we aim to prepare our young people for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life through spiritual, moral, cultural, emotional, academic and physical development. We believe that learning is an enjoyable, lifelong process and we will inspire, challenge and support our pupils by recognising individual needs and talents. By providing a broad and balanced range of learning experiences we will encourage all pupils to achieve their potential and exceed their expectations.

Philosophy
The curriculum we provide at Marshfields endeavours to provide a relevant
curriculum which primarily addresses the diverse and complex needs of the pupils at the school and as far as possible.

Equal opportunities & Inclusion
Marshfields offers equal opportunities to every child from all backgrounds; regardless of gender, beliefs, sexuality, disability and ethnicity in all aspect of the curriculum and school life.

Curriculum Aims:
The curriculum provides opportunities for each pupil to:

  • Develop literacy, numeracy, ICT and oratory skills.
  • Develop self-confidence and raise self-esteem.
  • Develop emotional literacy and social skills.
  • Develop cooperative skills and mutual respect for the needs and rights of others.
  • Promote self-discipline, intellectual challenge, high expectations and independent enquiry.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills relevant to adult life and employment.

Marshfields aims to provide:
Continuity of learning and early identification of individual needs by ensuring:

  • accurate baseline assessments are made using information from schools and induction assessment.
  • Parity with mainstream in core subjects.
  • Close liaison with all schools and involved professional agencies.
  • Adherence to SEN procedures (see SEN policy).
  • Cross-curricular development of basic literacy, numeracy and ICT skills.
  • Staff have understanding of appropriate progression routes and the links between the mainstream and post 16 curriculums.

Pupils attending Marshfields are offered a curriculum of GCSE, Entry Level and BTEC subjects, additional qualifications and College placements. This curriculum has been carefully designed to prepare the young people well for their chosen Post 16 pathway and to give them the best chance of success in their working life.

Marshfields staff are committed to improving the life chances of young people by engaging them in learning that will enable them to achieve and excel.

All pupils are offered a broad and balanced curriculum including English, Maths, Science, Humanities, Computing, Food, D&T, Performing Arts, Child Care and Art. Pupils receive an extensive programme of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) learning delivered daily during their Tutor group sessions. A PSHE programme in line with the British Values agenda underpins the whole curriculum.

A strong emphasis is placed on English and Maths in order to raise literacy and numeracy skills, as many of our pupils are low prior attainers in these areas. However we understand that English and Maths lessons are a common area of difficulty and issue for our students when they were at mainstream school therefore whilst students receive 5 lessons of English and Maths a week they also receive literacy and numeracy throughout our curriculum. This is coupled with extra 1:1 and intervention sessions for students who need extra support in their literacy and/or numeracy. This lessens the risk of refusal to engage with the timetable whilst still ensuring students follow a broad and balanced curriculum that meets their specific needs.

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To view our curriculum policy, please click the button below.