Curriculum, Assessment & Accreditation
The school for Autism @ Newfield aims to provide a broad and balanced curriculum which is tailored to suit the learning style of learners on the autism spectrum.
The school offers a curriculum which covers the National Curriculum (see school curriculum pages) and a programme of enrichment to ensure each learner has a rich, varied and interesting school experience.
For our learners at Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 there are a variety of accreditation routes open to them (see accreditation)
The School for Autism specialises the way in which the curriculum is delivered by using teaching approaches that optimise the learners access to the curriculum. See more about our Teaching approaches. The emphasis within the specialist curriculum is on an offer that provides opportunity to generalise learning in to settings beyond the classroom. This differs according the age of the learners but may range from practising communication skills when asking for a drink and snack at the local soft play centre through to paying for shopping in the supermarket. The curriculum offers opportunities for physical development and exercise regularly and this can aid the sensory regulation of learners while also promoting physical well-being and fitness.
The Personalised Curriculum and Assessment
At Newfield School each learner has an assessment profile made up of a range of assessment tools that are relevant to their needs and abilities.
In the School for Autism at Newfield all leaners are additionally profiled using the Autism Education Trust’s Progression Framework
This is carefully matched to each individual learners long term outcomes on their Education Health and Care Plan and is tracked on a termly basis by their teachers to monitor progress.
The personalised nature of assessment means that each learner can then access a curriculum which has been developed according to their specific needs and abilities. Teachers strive to incorporate the specific interests of learners into lessons and individual activities to capture the attention and interest of that learner. Parents are invited to discuss their child’s progress on a termly basis.