Specialist Education Salford | Manchester | Bolton | Oldham | Bury

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Our Curriculum

All pupils receive a minimum of 24 hours formal education a week. Our timetable consists of all core subjects, PSHE, History, Religious Studies, PE, Art, Employability skills and Enrichment. We can add or remove subjects based on individual needs, however we pride ourselves on providing young people with a varied and robust curriculum, preparing them for their next steps. Ensuring we cover SMSC in our lessons and the importance of Fundamental British Values, we aim to allow pupils the chance to explore their own faiths, culture and communities, as well as learning about other people’s.

Key Stage 3

At KS3 we recognise achievements through the use of AQA unit award schemes, the Arts Awards, and in house rewards.  We feel as well as ensuring pupils progress as they would do in mainstream school, it is vital we promote learning and make education and enjoyable experience, for those who are heading into KS4

Key Stage 4 (Year 10 / 11)

EdStart is a registered exam centre and our KS4 provision allows learners to access various qualifications, led by staff who are experienced in raising attainment in demotivated learners. These include various GCSE’s in Maths, English, Science, Religious Studies, Statistics and Citizenship. All pupils will be entered for Functional Skills English and Maths as a minimum. Our ICT accreditation is provided through Functional Skills. We are accredited to award BTECS in Sport and Health and Social Care, and we aim to further add to the qualifications we offer over the coming academic year.

From low starting points, almost all pupils make the progress expected of them and many make more rapid progress - Ofsted

Learning Support

Each student will have an opportunity to develop an individual learning plan with their Learning Mentor or Tutor which they will follow throughout their time on the programme. Goals and targets around behaviour and learning will be set for each half term young person and reviewed weekly to ensure progress is carefully monitored.

Pupils will have the opportunity to be taken on various weekly reward trips for good behaviour, classwork and / or attendance. Trips in the past have included; Trampoline centres like Jump Nation, BMXing, Kayaking,  Chill Factore.

The reward trips aim to not only act as an incentive to change negative behaviours, but provide experiences to young people which they may not get otherwise.

SEN and Personalised Learning Curriculum

At Edstart, we pride ourselves on our holistic approach to all students, and in particular those students with special education needs. We work with the students, families and specialists to support those students who have barriers to learning and our teaching staff, and specialist SEN support are dedicated to improving the outcomes of the pupils in their care.

On occasions we admit young people who require even more of a bespoke offer than our core provision. This may involve some teaching and learning, tutoring, mentoring, life skills, and experiential learning. Our aim is to ensure that all young people as a minimum continue to develop their English and Maths skills as part of the personalised package. Woking closely with the SENCo our team will develop a curriculum in line with each young person’s needs, including short and longer term ambitions