Access

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Sam Goodyear - Head of Access and Assistant SENCO -sam.goodyear@swale.at

Tell me and I forget, teach me and I remember, involve me and I learn

BENJAMIN FRANKLIN


Subject Overview

The Access Department  supports students from initial transition in year 7 through to KS4. Students are placed in these groups based on individual learning needs. The Access groups are not static and students can move from these groups onto alternative curriculum pathways.

The groups are supported by a teaching assistant and follow a  highly differentiated curriculum centred around personalised learning. Students also have access to assistive technology and programmes such as Lexia to support the development of global literacy. The groups also support students pastorally yet at the same time foster skills of resilience and independence. Students develop a growth mindset attitude designed to support future success in external examinations.

Implementation

Students follow a broad and balanced curriculum which mirrors the mainstream core subject areas.

In KS3 the Access groups follow a highly differentiated curriculum pathway in English, Maths, Science, Languages and Humanities.

Within these subject areas we aim to develop:

  • Independent thinking

  • Oracy

  • Resilience 

  • Group work 

  • Social Skills

  • Problem solving

  • Extended writing

  • Creative thinking

In KS4 students either remain on the Access pathway and follow a programme of Life Skills and Functional Skills ( Maths and English) or complete option choices and return to the mainstream pathway.

The Life Skills curriculum in KS4 prepares students for adult life and equips them with the necessary skills to support themselves independently focusing on shopping, budgeting and accessing supported college places.

Students in KS4 on the Access Pathway will continue to follow a Functional Skills pathway culminating in obtaining Entry Level qualifications in English and Maths.

The Functional Skills Curriculum focuses on developing learners skills of basic literacy and numeracy firmly rooted in everyday life such as handling money and filling in documentation.

Above all the Access department is fully committed to inclusive education for all learners whatever their learning needs.

Homework

The Access Department supports a gradual introduction of homework.

Year 7: Students build up to 30 minutes of homework once a week in English, Maths and Science and 30 minutes homework in Humanities and Languages once per fortnight.

Year 8: Students are set 30 minutes of homework once a week in English, Maths and Science and 30 minutes per fortnight in Humanities and MFL

Year 9: 60 minutes once per week in English, Maths and Life Skills

Year 10: 60 minutes once per week in English, Maths and Life Skills

Year 11: 60 minutes once per week in English, Maths and Life Skills