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Old Hall Special School

Everyone working together to achieve outstanding outcomes for our pupils and families

SLD Curriculum

SLD Curriculum Intent

At Old Hall School, pupils are provided with a safe, happy and stimulating environment that supports their individual needs. Our bespoke curriculum incorporates opportunities for pupils to develop depth of knowledge and understanding throughout all areas of the curriculum. The curriculum, alongside specialist teaching approaches, provides children with rich and varied learning experiences, with every child receiving individualised support and challenge to meet their specific needs. All aspects of school life within the SLD Department are designed to inspire, engage and motivate pupils. The roles of communication and engagement are key to all we do and underpin our approach to learning.

Throughout the SLD Department, we provide positive challenges to foster individual achievements and promote self-expression. We instil a sense of self-confidence within our pupils, regularly celebrating successes and equipping them with the necessary skills towards becoming more independent learners. As much as possible, pupils are involved in their own learning and progress plan; they have an awareness of their next steps and regularly take part in self-assessments.

We work hard to ensure consistency throughout the SLD Department, encouraging and supporting the development of social skills to enable pupils to form and maintain friendships. Staff are consistently modelling, promoting and rewarding appropriate behaviour. Wherever possible, children are given opportunities to develop their confidence and self-esteem beyond the classroom. Our new Forest School area allows the children to learn about the world around them in an engaging and interactive way.

Within the SLD Department, we strive to prepare our pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life. Life skills are an essential part of our curriculum whereby we encourage independent thinking and making meaningful life choices. We equip pupils with the necessary skills and knowledge to stay safe, active and to develop an understanding of themselves and others. This helps our pupils to form and maintain good relationships, developing the essential skills to prepare for and to enjoy their adult lives.