Each young person has a personalised timetable which includes time for learning and a range of creative, recreational and therapeutic activities. School lessons form part of a daily programme alongside individual therapy sessions and group sessions led by the ward.
The ‘Home School’ curriculum:
A young person’s home school curriculum is our first choice for teaching and learning. Our aim is that no young person will 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 the subjects they are studying.
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.
British Values and Preventing Radicalisation:
All schools in England are expected to teach about British Values. According to Ofsted, 'fundamental British values' are:
- the rule of law
- individual liberty
- mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith.
These values are taught at The Priory Woodbourne Hospital School through a planned programme of Spiritual, Moral, Social and Cultural (SMSC) Education and across the wider curriculum. Teaching of British Values is part of the Prevent Strategy whereby teachers are expected to present political or controversial issues without promoting partisan views. All of our staff have undertaken training in preventing radicalisation, this training is updated each year.