Giving pupils an understanding of British values is vital in ensuring that they can achieve the key principles outlined above.
All pupils are given a clear understanding of the democratic processes through the work of the school council; demonstrating to pupils the importance of active participation, listening to and representing the views of others within the school community.
Throughout the national curriculum pupils experience key learning linked to life in Britain. Opportunities to experience a range of cultures are built into multi-sensory learning experiences that are reinforced and supported for some pupils through discussion and debate.
The school vision
‘Together we Care, Learn and Succeed’
This reinforces the core British values of mutual respect and tolerance where the personalised experiences created for pupils allows us to challenge and support them in understanding the community, country and world in which they live.
We have organised the curriculum in four broad bands known as:
- Life choices
- Life skills
The curriculum and learning environment is offered at these four different levels depending upon:
- the needs of the individual pupil
- the subject/scheme of work being taught
- the overall needs of the group
- equality of access to our specialist facilities.
A range of strategies are used to assess pupil progress throughout their time at Dorothy Goodman to ensure that every pupil is able to have value and contribute to society both when in school and as they move on to their future lives.
To enable pupils to make progress they are given access to the national curriculum whether this is in its entirety, as an adapted version or through a totally individualised timetable. Equality of access is at the fore of any curriculum opportunities that are offered to pupils and the school uses a range of strategies, technology and external support to achieve this.
The core principles of curriculum access throughout the school are about developing:
Includes speaking, listening, reading, writing, decision making and displaying preference, signing, using symbols, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), objects of reference.
- Working with others
Developing social skills and sustaining relationships.
- Preparing for the future
Life skills, transition activities, careers guidance (see below).
- Citizenship –
Knowing their place within the local community, the country and the wider world. This will include opportunities to visit local places and support events as well as opportunities to participate in volunteering and work experience. More importantly we work hard to open our school to the local community.
Through each key stage we aim to provide a safe, stimulating and caring educational environment in which all pupils are able to learn and develop their social, creative and academic skills.
Our curriculum is assessed using our internal system “Tracking Our Pupils’ Skills” (TOPS) in seven areas:
- Life choices
- Communication (including literacy)
- Logic (including numeracy)
- Personal and Social
Our pupils are also assessed using external criteria in Year R, Year 1 for phonics. Year 2 and Year 6. We use external assessment in the form of accredited awards for our older pupils including Entry level certificates, GCSE, Arts Award and Duke of Edinburgh.
Within the curriculum throughout the school we ensure pupils have a breadth of experiences and we capture some of these within our 50 Things to do before leaving Dorothy Goodman School.
In recognition of the diversity of our pupils our curriculum is offered across six sites, three of which are inclusive satellite bases in partnership with local mainstream schools: Richmond Primary School (KS 1/2), Redmoor Academy (KS 3) and Hinckley Academy HAJC6 (KS 4/5).