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Curriculum information

The ‘home school’ curriculum:

A young person’s home school curriculum is our first choice for teaching and learning. Our aim is for no young person to fall behind whilst in hospital. This means tutoring our young people through work supplied by his or her home school or college, for each of their subjects.

We make sure that each young person’s learning needs are met by:-

  • Making early contact with the home school for all admissions. Ensuring we are aware of all prior achievement and important educational information
  • Making sure work is supplied without delay, from the home school
  • Ensuring that our teachers manage all learning set by the home school so it is not overwhelming for the young person
  • Ensuring our teachers have thoroughly planned to support the learning set for each young person, are able to assess their progress, and give feedback and tuition of the highest standard
  • Maintaining excellent communication between our staff, the young person and the home school

The North London Hospital School curriculum:

At the North London Hospital School “learning pathways” refer to the specific courses, academic programmes, and learning experiences that individual students complete as they progress in their education and move towards discharge.

On admission all students will have an induction meeting with their “key tutor”. The learning pathways will be discussed with the students and they will begin on their leaning journey. All students will complete an induction programme.

The Induction programme

This programme usually lasts for the first week of admission and allows students to familiarise themselves with the North London Hospital School curriculum areas, expectations and teaching.

The induction programme includes a Maths and English base line assessment which will allow for informed planning.

On completion of the induction program students will be directed onto one of four learning pathways.

Re-engagement through art

Reengagement through art focuses on artistic teaching and is aimed at those students who are not yet ready to fulfil an academic timetable.

This learning pathway introduces students to a broad range of new techniques, materials, artists and themes in a nurturing environment where creative thinking, engagement and success are paramount.

Students will work through three different topics and engage in practical tasks, discussion, group work and homework projects. Each theme is designed to develop a balance of practical skills, knowledge and understanding. Students will experiment with both 2D and 3D formats and explore techniques including painting, printing, collage and sculpture.

These experiences will set the foundations for developing as an effective artist, creative thinker and resilient learner.

Return to learn

Return learn focuses on topic based teaching and is aimed at those students who are not yet ready to fulfil an academic timetable.

For many of the students we work with, intense focus on one subject can be too demanding and can often trigger high levels of anxiety. Topic based teaching can be used to encourage students to draw on existing knowledge in a non-threatening arena.

Topic based teaching promotes group learning; this approach covers a wide range of year groups, abilities and areas of interest at any one time. The teacher can facilitate group learning and encourage students to share their knowledge and prior learning with other students in a classroom environment with set learning objectives and measurable learning outcomes.

Students are encouraged to talk through their ideas and thoughts at the beginning of the week and gradually develop these thoughts and ideas into a planned project with a set outcome by the end of the week. This could be art work, a presentation or a model. It is important for the students to see a project evolve from conceptual and formative stages and then, to have an end result that is both purposeful and meaningful to them by the end of the week.

The academic pathway

For those students that are able, and keen to continue with their home school work, we will plan, deliver and support all areas of study sent in by the home school. We will differentiate for need where necessary and ensure that each student has the correct tools to access support and develop resilience as a learner.

Project qualification
The project qualifications look at introducing students to new educational experiences and courses. Students who have no school place or are unhappy with their current course choice, will be supported to find a different course that meets their individual needs as a learner. We provide learning opportunities through the Princes Trust as an accredited center and will also actively support applications to FE or alternative educational settings should this be required. All students have access to careers guidance and will be supported in making informed choices.

All students will be assessed weekly on the progress made for each learning path way. Dependent on individual need pathways can be changed or combined as students’ progress through their admission.

All our young people, at all key stages, study the two subjects below as part of their compulsory timetable:

  • World Studies - This is spiritual, moral, social and cultural learning. At least one session each week
  • Careers - Planning for next steps in education, training and employment. At least one session each week

In addition, we offer the following courses which are taught in combination with the Home School curriculum. If one of the compulsory subjects has not been set by the home school, or the pupil needs more help, it will be taught by our staff.

 

Key Stage 3

Key Stage 4

Post-16

Compulsory Subjects:

 

English

Mathematics

Science

Technology & Enterprise

Creative and Expressive arts    

Humanities

Spiritual, Moral, Social and cultural education (SMSC)

Careers Education

A Physical Education programme is delivered by qualified teachers.

 

We also offer an Edexcel Project Qualification (PQ) at levels 1 and 2, for pupils to focus on a specific academic project, tutored by our teachers. 

Pupils will be supported in study leading to external qualifications, directed by their home-school option choices. Compulsory subjects are:

 

v English

v Mathematics

v Science

v Technology

v Humanities

v SMSC learning

v Careers Education

Creative and Expressive Arts

v A Physical Education programme is delivered by qualified teachers.

We also offer an Edexcel Project Qualification (PQ) at levels 1 and 2, for pupils to focus on a specific academic project, tutored by our teachers. 

Pupils will be supported in study leading to external qualifications, directed by their home-school/college option choices.

We offer tutoring to re-sit English and Maths.

 

Compulsory subjects are:

 

SMSC learning

Careers / Economic Wellbeing

A Physical Education programme is delivered by qualified teachers.

 

We also offer an Edexcel Extended Project Qualification (EPQ/PQ) at levels 1,2 or 3 for pupils to focus on a specific academic project, tutored by our teachers. 

We will support students at all levels of ability, from pre-entry levels to those who begin GCSE study at the start of year 9 or earlier.

If a young person, at post-16, is between courses or changing direction, we will try to support courses of their choice, catch up, transition planning and the development of work related skills.

Young people not attached to a home school will follow the Priory Hospital School curriculum, with all subjects at key stage 3 and the above subjects at key stage 4 being compulsory. We will also ensure a humanities option is included at key stage 4.