Learning for Life
Group 3 is one of the six KS4/KS5 classes and is part of the Semi-Formal pathway within the Academy. At present there are ten students within the group; 6 male and 5 female who are aged between fourteen and nineteen.
The students in Group 3 are working within the following ranges:
English: Working at Entry Level 2
Maths: Entry Level 1 to Entry Level 3
Science: Entry Level 2 to Entry Level 3
The student profile in the group includes moderate learning difficulties and communication needs. Three pupils have physical exercise programmes. There is a varied mix of characters, who all bring something interesting and unique to the group dynamic.
The students use the Academy facilities for their various subjects, e.g. science lab, workshop, food technology room, ICT suite. They also go out of the Academy on social mobility where they complete Titan Travel Training as well as visiting care homes and libraries. All the students follow accredited courses in English, Maths, Science and Information Technology. Students also have the opportunity to sign up to music lessons on Wednesday’s of which eight of our students are participating.
This is the third year of the Preparing for Adulthood curriculum which develops skills, knowledge and understanding within Employment, Community, Independence and Health. These skills are a mix of task specific life skills and academic skills within real life contexts so students can practise English and Maths in meaningful contexts. The students have the opportunity to choose half a day of work experience each week at either Floraland Garden Centre or farm or remain in school and participate in undertaking jobs for the Sweet shop as part of the employability unit.
As a group they move about the Academy with their Teaching Assistant (TA) going to their various lessons. All students attend 'Handprint' and then plan and perform their own assembly. Up to two students will represent the group in Outspoken (student voice) and will attend weekly meetings listening to the group's opinions and taking them back to the meeting.
We consult with a range of professionals including Occupational Therapists (OT) for pupils with exercise plans and help with specialist equipment, Speech and Language Therapists (SaLT) and the school nurse for general health and guidance. Group 3's TA and CA have worked alongside the OT and SaLT team and acquired the skills to complete physiotherapy exercises and Speech and Language programmes.
Communication between home and the Academy is especially important. Students' planners are checked each morning and a note written from the Academy most days or whenever necessary. Contact is sometimes by Email or phone to and from parents.
For those students who make excellent progress they can make a transition from 14-19 Group 3 into 14-19 Group 2. Others may choose to move on to a local college or to complete an internship through Project SEARCH.
Group 3 is a happy, settled group and respond to learning well. We are also considering the power of a growth mind set over the year as the students come to realise that learning is more important than knowing and subsequently they will aim to become more resilient when they encounter challenges.