Group 2 is one of the five KS4/KS5 classes and is part of the Formal pathway within the Academy. At present there are nine students within the group; 7 male and 2 female who are aged between fourteen and nineteen.
The students in Group 2 are working within the following ranges:
English: Entry Level 3
Maths: Entry Level 3 to Level 1
Science: Entry Level 3 to Level 1
Most of the class have learning needs related to communication, social interaction and self-help skills; and several of the class have a diagnosis of ASD. The students in Group 2 have a great sense of humour, and have a range of interests both in and out of the Academy, which include basketball, playing on the computer and games consoles, dancing, singing and football.
There are two members of staff in Group 2. They are Rachel Lee (Teacher) and Lisa Norris (Teaching Assistant).
The students access the curriculum in standard teaching rooms as well as specialist teaching rooms such as the Art room, Science laboratory, Food Technology room and ICT suite. Many students access off-site facilities, which include Travel Training, and work experience in painting and decorating at Derby YMCA College. All of the students follow accredited courses in English, Maths, Science, Computing and PSD. They also access a Preparing for Adulthood curriculum which develops skills, knowledge and understanding within Employment, Community, Independence and Health.
We start each day with our registration time. Students hand in their planners to staff and complete the ‘How I am feeling today’ board. We get to establish the daily timetable and welcome everyone to the Academy. The register is taken, whilst students organise themselves for morning registration activities. On Mondays students read independently whilst the dinner register is completed and orders taken, Tuesday’s students work on improving their literacy skills and knowledge of subject specific key words. On Wednesday there is an assembly for the older students in the Academy. On Thursdays students watch the news and then play the news round quiz of the week. On a Friday morning we have fitness Fridays. Whilst some of the members of the group attend college the other members join with group 1 and students choose a different sporting activity to participate in each week. All of the tutor time activities are to help all students work towards their targets set at their last EHCP review meeting.
We work closely with a range of other professionals in Group 2, and the professionals in question depend upon the individual needs of the student. Communication between home and the Academy is especially important. Where necessary and appropriate, parents are emailed to help offer support to the student both at home and at school in terms of their behaviour and to help access all areas of the curriculum. Students’ planners are checked each morning and parents are encouraged to communicate with the class staff through the planner or via telephone.
For those students who make excellent progress they can transition from 14-19 Group 2 into 14-19 Group 1. Others may choose to move on to a local college or to complete an internship through Project SEARCH.
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