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Curriculum | Compass Schools

Apart from the assessment and planning process that takes place by the education team when a young person is due to begin the school aspect of their placement, every young person is assessed on entry to determine their level of knowledge and ability. An Individual Education Plan (IEP) is then agreed based on the objectives from the statement of educational need. All IEP’s take a S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound) format and are reviewed every half term by the whole teaching team. IEP’s are also created when a learning pathway becomes clear from an individual’s progress. Owlswick teaches the national curriculum and ensures that this is taught based around individual level of need and progress. Staff include specialists in Maths, English, ICT, Science and Art and the all staff teach across specific parts of the curriculum. Young people study at the level they can manage whilst being encouraged to progress to more challenging learning levels with the aim of becoming independent learners. Our skilled staff design carefully planned differentiated schemes of work for every young person ensuring that stretching goals are set whilst balancing appropriate expectations of learning.

Compass Community children are fabulous and diverse individuals who we are very privileged to teach. Our pupils can come to us at any stage within their educational career, with a wide range of experiences from education both positive and negative.

Many children within our schools have experienced trauma and /or present with anti-social behaviours that require a specialist and therapeutic approach to enable them to re-engage with education and reach their full potential. Our curriculum considers the individual nature and starting points of our pupils, it is ambitious, adapted, designed and developed to support all of our pupils to become lifelong learners.

Our school ethos is to create young people who are going to be able to fulfil both their academic potential and become resilient, successful and good citizens functioning in a diverse and varied community. To drive our ethos we have a curriculum that will best serve our values and allow our young people the opportunities to develop and flourish.

At Compass Community Schools we use the National Curriculum as our starting point. We have chosen to develop our curriculum into key three areas. We know that if our pupils can learn to manage their social and emotional needs and behaviours, learning is significantly more likely to happen.

We believe in providing quality experiences both within lessons and through culture capital opportunities. Our curriculum has been developed with our Behaviour for Learning approach at the heart of our teaching which is designed to encourage resilience and work ethic.

Core Curriculum

All pupils access a core curriculum which is appropriate to developing their understanding from our baseline assessments. The Core Curriculum subjects are English, Maths, Science, Computing, PCSHE and SRE lessons.

Core Curriculum

All pupils access a core curriculum which is appropriate to developing their understanding from our baseline assessments. The Core Curriculum subjects are English, Maths, Science, Computing, PCSHE and SRE lessons.

Parallel Core Curriculum

The Parallel Core Curriculum is integral to our aims in developing a children holistically and supporting them with reengagement in education. The Parallel Core Curriculum looks specifically at pupils’ metacognitive and learning skills to develop their overall approach and attitude to school and to society. Here, children can ‘Learn to Learn’, develop their Social-Emotional Learning, hone their Social Skills, and engage in targeted Social and Emotional Wellbeing (SEW) interventions. Experiences that develop a pupil’s Cultural Capital are also cornerstones of the Parallel Core Curriculum such as educational trips, guest speakers and providing novel and exciting real-world, life experiences.

Broader Curriculum

Our broader curriculum includes the delivery of lessons such as History, Geography, the Arts, Food Technology, D&T, Physical Education and languages.

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