Curriculum planning in all-age special schools
See how 3 special schools plan curriculum opportunities based on their pupils' needs. Get expert advice on medium-term planning and use our CPD Toolkit to help staff secure the best outcomes for pupils.
Set a curriculum according to pupils’ needs
Fiveways School in Somerset works with many pupils for whom the age-related expectations set out in the National Curriculum aren’t appropriate.
Some of the school's curriculum isn’t subject-specific. Instead, it includes a range of activities to help its pupils develop and progress socially, emotionally and physically. The school structures its curriculum according to pupils' communication and interaction needs.
The curriculum also includes:
- Work with the school's mechanical horse 'Thunder', used to help pupils develop core physical strength and/or communication skills
- Music therapy
- Dance and drama sessions
- Yoga and physio sessions
- Trampoline lessons
Review and adapt your curriculum
The school regularly reviews and adapts its curriculum to ensure it's meeting its pupils' needs.
If a year group contains a high proportion of pupils who need