At Queensway North we underpin all of our curricula with the Autistic student uppermost in our planning. Our curriculum has been inspected and supported by the National Autism Society.
Its key features are to prepare students over time to meet the challenges of education and training beyond QHLC and to become positive members of society. We design and review throughout the year our provision to ensure it is supportive and flexible and develops essential social and interactive skills in our students, along with ensuring positive differentiated academic progress. A key part of the curriculum is Social education where students model behaviour management techniques, learn about themselves and directly develop social skills.
Our staff are well qualified in the precepts of teaching autistic students as well as their own academic specialisms and all students are part of small teaching groups with a high level of academic and social and emotional support. All students are part of a tutor team where individual and group mentoring occurs, based on our behaviour for teaching and learning policy.
Key Stage 2
We admit students with an autistic diagnosis into year 6 of KS2. The students follow the National Curriculum in preparation for KS2 testing.
- Literacy – Reading, Writing and SPAG
- D&T – Food
- PE/Outdoor Education
- PSHE/Social Education
- With supporting projects in Geography and History and Languages
Key Stage 3
All students follow the new national Curriculum over two years as a preparation for a three year Certification route through KS4. This allows students more processing time and support with examination technique and literacy/ numeracy development. In year 7 we also support a transition group to help students move from KS2 to Key Stage 3.
- English Language and literature
- Design and Technology
- Social Education and Outdoor education
- Humanities – Geography and History.
RE and Citizenship – values, ethics and morals are taught across the curriculum and supports the development of Student tolerance and values in society, and across the world.
Key Stage 3 to 4
All students are expected to complete examination courses. The work for these courses starts in year 9 and certificated in year 11.
The first certification opportunity for students is for Entry level examinations administered by AQA, in each subject below. This supports and leads to GCSE or equivalent examination courses.
In Year 10 and 11 we also include a Work experience placement, essential for developing social and interactional skills in a real life situation. We also include ‘Food’ as an essential life skill.
- English Language and Literature – WJEC
- Mathematics – Pearson
- Science – AQA Trilogy in Combined Sciences
- ICT – BCS Business and IT skills – Year 11, Year 10 Imedia and ICT
- ART – Art, Craft and Design - Eduqas
- Design and Technology – Year 11 Product design – AQA, Year 10 Cambridge Nationals
- Physical Education – Cambridge Nationals
Plus Outdoor education (non – Examination)
Social Education – (non – exam).
RE and Citizenship – values are taught across the curriculum and supports the development of Student tolerance in our society and across the world.