Curriculum & Planning

Our curriculum is mainly based on the areas of study suggested by each young person’s home school. This is so that continuity is maintained, and students continue to progress within their usual setting.

Where this is not possible or appropriate, Bere Clinic School has developed its own holistic curriculum to ensure it meets the need of each student.

Curriculum Intent

The school provides a broad and balanced curriculum for young people with a diverse range of educational needs. We offer classroom environments in which debate and discussion can thrive, free of political bias. Any viewpoint, including that of the teacher or other adults, can be the subject of healthy challenge.

The goals of the curriculum offered are:

Specialist Education & Learning Opportunities

While the school is not legally obliged to follow the National Curriculum, we adhere to it, wherever appropriate for individual students and the group as a whole. We recognise the importance of keeping abreast of curriculum development and opportunities that we develop and exploit to promote and extend young people’s learning.

We recognise the importance of social, moral, spiritual, and cultural (SMSC) development and highlight opportunities within each curriculum subject offered to address, explore and teach these aspects and values accordingly. Prominent in each of our classrooms are our own values, agreed and developed with young people, which set out the expectations for behaviour and conduct in the classroom.

We firmly believe and are committed to teaching of values which promote cohesiveness within our school and community. We believe that these values which traditionally underpin British society should permeate all aspects of school life and be upheld by every member of the school and wider community. We promote these values through our own school values, curriculum delivery, and the school offer and enrichment activities.

Personalised Approach

Our small classes assist in the provision of a personalised curriculum. A wealth of information is gathered at point of admission both through formal and informal assessment in conjunction with baseline measurements over this period. This is used to create an overall picture of a student’s strengths and weaknesses to address any gaps in learning and as a starting point to measure progress across the length of the hospital admission.

For some lessons, such as PHSE, Citizenship, RE and Finance, we teach in larger groups to make the learning more effective and develop positive peer interactions.

 

Realising the Curriculum

We currently teach English, Maths, Science and PSHE as core subjects. In addition, a broad range of other National Curriculum subjects and enrichment learning are offered to address a wide range of individual needs and interests, including those who require post 16 provision. We also have access to e-learning provision to offer bespoke subjects in a variety of areas. If appropriate, young people can have their achievements accredited through award schemes and Functional English and Maths qualifications.

 

Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP)

An EHCP is a legal document that describes a child or young person’s special educational, health and care needs.  It explains the extra help that will be given to meet those needs and how that help will support the child or young person to achieve what they want to in life

During a young person’s stay in hospital, a referral to the LEA for an EHCP may be an appropriate way forward for a student to facilitate greater support in school and other areas upon discharge. We are happy to discuss this with parents and the young person and have experience in assisting LEAs to facilitate this process. An EHCP that is already in place will have an annual review completed by our team, and the meeting organised with relevant professionals – both in the community and within the hospital.

 

Most Able Students

We are committed to helping all students achieve the best they can. In line with all UK schools, we maintain a Most Able register and provide enrichment to enable these students to excel in their area. A wide range of provision is used to ensure that students identified in this group are provided with the stimulation to enable them to fulfil their potential.

 

Provision for students for whom English is an additional language (EAL)

We are committed to provide equal opportunities for all of our students and accordingly, we ensure that students are not disadvantaged by language differences. Further advice from the home school or young person’s LEA will be sought and specific support provided so any student with English as an additional language will have the same access and opportunities as students for whom English is the primary language.

 

Careers guidance

We provide a highly personalised programme of careers and guidance from an impartial Careers Advisor who visits the school regularly throughout the year. Our advisor offers 1-2-1 appointments as well as group workshops on CV writing and interview roles plays.

The school also offers careers guidance through our PSHE which addresses particular career pathways and interests on an individual basis and facilitates work experience where possible.

In addition, we also discuss individual careers pathways and interests through key work sessions.  

Transition support towards life outside/beyond the hospital school

Young people often express their concern about leaving hospital and what lies ahead in their future, particularly in education.

At the hospital school, we are skilled in managing learning-related anxieties and supporting the transition back to an education environment. Our school reintegration model addresses and facilitates successful transition with the aim of preventing further hospital admissions.

Sometimes it is not possible for a student to return to their previous education provider e.g. a Year 11 student leaving a school which doesn’t have sixth form provision. With the assistance of the home LEA, we are fully involved in supporting the transition to an identified new provider of education.

Many of our students aspire to attend university and our staff are very experienced in supporting the UCAS application process, including applications to Oxbridge and other Russell group universities.

 

Exam & Assessment Results

The school opened in February 2022 and as such no exams have been sat yet.