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.

Whole Curriculum

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)

Specialist Curriculum

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.

Autism education trust framework

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.

‘Leaders adapt the curriculum well so that pupils benefit from a broad range of subjects.’ Ofsted, 2016.

Newfield School
Old Bank Lane
Blackburn
Lancashire
BB1 2PW

01254 588 600

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Safeguarding

Newfield School is committed to safeguarding and protecting the welfare of children and vulnerable adults as its number one priority.

Full copies of Policies and Procedures related to all aspects of Safeguarding, and the Complaints Policy, are available on request from Geoff Fitzpatrick, Head Teacher and Designated Senior Lead for Safeguarding and Child Protection.

Equality Duty

Newfield School complies with the general and specific duties of the Equality Act (2010). In accordance with the duty we publish information that demonstrates that we have due regard to the need to;

  • Eliminate unlawful discrimination
  • Advance equality of opportunity
  • Foster good relations

These specific duties have been considered in relation to all our policies and procedures in school. Our objectives will be reported on and published as part of the Governance public documents available for inspection under the Freedom of Information Regulations and Data Protection duties and in the school newsletter to parents.

Our Equality Objectives are set, reviewed and published annually in our School Development Plan.

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