Beacon Hill has 5 departments and students are placed according to age – EYFS, First School, Middle School , High School.
Our main curriculum is developmental, organised as a continuum of skills, with strands based on the level an individual is working on and their next steps linked to the Desired Outcomes decided upon in their EHC.
The curriculum is organised into:
Informal – The Informal Curriculum is processed based and includes 4 areas of learning: Cognition and learning, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and emotional development. This curriculum has been designed for learners with Profound and Multiple learning difficulties and complex learning styles and needs.
Semi Formal – The Semi Formal Curriculum is skills based and includes 7 areas of learning: Literacy, Maths, Understanding the World, Expressive Art and Design, Communication and Language, Physical Development, Personal, Social and emotional development. This curriculum strand has been designed for students with Severe Learning Difficulties who require repetition and a consistent approach.
Formal – The Formal Curriculum – is also skills based and includes the 7 areas of learning with subject specific sessions, it is designed for our learners who are reaching the top of the Semi-formal curriculum and for those who have a Spiky Profile with specific skills in one area.
PFA – The Preparing for Adulthood Curriculum starts in Key stage 4 running alongside the above curriculum. As students progress to KS5 those students on the Semi -Formal curriculum work solely on the PFA. Students who were on the Informal Curriculum, straddle both curriculum at present.
The Curriculum Matrix
The matrix provides a theme through which the developmental curriculum is taught to ensure the students receive a breadth of experience and age appropriate content to enable them to progress to their next step.
A Care Curriculum also runs alongside the Informal Curriculum, which ensures pupils have the time to be placed in the correct position for learning and have time for personal care and gastrostomy feeds or water flushes when required.