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Curriculum intent

At Peacehaven Community School, our curriculum for SEND students is driven by our vision to provide an outstanding and inclusive education within a supportive environment, focusing on cognitive and social-emotional outcomes. We are devoted to ensuring that every student, including those with special educational needs and disabilities, is given the chance to excel and achieve their full potential.

Aspire: Our SEND curriculum fosters an atmosphere where students are encouraged to aspire to greatness. We support our students in setting ambitious goals, and provide them with the necessary tools and resources to overcome any barriers they may face. By utilising research-informed teaching strategies, we create a positive and supportive environment that enables our students to flourish both academically and personally.

Believe: We believe in the potential of every student, including those with SEND. Our dedicated team of teachers and teaching assistants work collaboratively to provide a nurturing and inclusive learning environment. By embracing the unique strengths and challenges of each individual, we build a foundation of trust and respect that empowers our students to believe in themselves and strive for success.

Contribute: Our SEND curriculum encourages students to actively contribute to both the school community and society as a whole. We provide numerous opportunities for students to develop valuable life skills, engage in meaningful extracurricular activities, and explore their interests beyond the classroom. By nurturing responsible and compassionate global citizens, we help our students make a positive impact on the world around them.

Achieve: At PCS, our evidence-based teaching strategies and personalised learning experiences enable our SEND students to achieve excellence. Our curriculum is tailored to meet the diverse needs and abilities of each student, fostering a love for learning and promoting academic progress. With the support of our dedicated staff and the implementation of carefully selected interventions, we ensure that our SEND students achieve outstanding outcomes.

Curriculum Implementation

At Peacehaven Community School, we believe that a challenging curriculum and high expectations for all students, including those with SEND, are crucial to their academic success and personal growth. Our curriculum implementation is founded on research recommendations that ensure an ambitious and inclusive education for every student.

Through adaptive teaching, our educators skilfully provide scaffolding that is gradually removed over time, ultimately developing self-scaffolding learners who become independent and confident. We achieve this by employing a range of effective strategies that flow seamlessly within our curriculum and empowering our learning assistants to support this approach.

Flexible grouping in the classroom allows students with diverse abilities and needs to collaborate and learn from one another. As students become more proficient, teachers adjust the groups, allowing them to progress at their own pace while maintaining a challenging learning environment. This adaptive approach ensures that all students are continuously challenged and supported in their learning journey.

We also place great importance on empowering students to become active participants in their own learning by teaching cognitive and metacognitive strategies. Students learn to identify their strengths and weaknesses, set goals, and monitor their progress. As they become more adept at self-regulation, the support from teachers is gradually reduced, enabling students to take ownership of their learning journey.

Moreover, our curriculum embraces the use of technology to support our SEND students. Assistive technology tools are integrated into the learning process to provide tailored support, accommodating individual needs and promoting inclusivity. As students become more proficient in using these tools, they develop the skills and confidence necessary to navigate the learning environment independently, transforming into self-scaffolding learners.

At PCS, we are dedicated to providing a rigorous, adaptive, and ambitious curriculum for all students. By utilising research-informed strategies and nurturing high expectations, we ensure that our SEND students are supported, challenged, and empowered to become independent and successful learners.

Learning Support and Development

The Learning Support and Development department plays a vital role in providing comprehensive support across both academic and pastoral aspects of learning. Our team collaborates closely with curriculum leaders, ensuring that the needs of all students are met. Our staff are trained in promoting self-scaffolding learners and adaptive teaching techniques, equipping them to provide tailored support for each student.

We offer a wide range of support services, including smaller teaching groups in core subjects, in-class support across the curriculum, and individual or small group teaching in literacy, numeracy, and other essential skills. Furthermore, our learning assistants provide one to one evidence-based interventions in literacy, ensuring students receive targeted assistance in their learning journey.

If you would like to discuss any aspect of Learning Support further or to arrange a meeting, please contact:

SEND Office - 01273 575804

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