At Newfield School we are dedicated to providing a rich and balanced curriculum through which our pupils acquire, develop, master and generalise meaningful skills and understanding throughout their journey with us. This builds on each of our learner’s individual abilities and is underpinned by them achieving the outcomes in their Education Health and Care Plans.

Our curriculum is organised into pathways to promote each learner accessing an offer best suited to their needs.

Below is an overview of our curriculum principles and the different pathways children follow.

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At Newfield we believe that everything we do, and everything each learner experiences, must be useful and relevant for each stage of their learning journey and ultimately for their life outside school in their home and wider community. Throughout their journey with us learners are given opportunities to develop skills that will best prepare them for their next steps in learning.

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The Explorers Pathway is for our youngest learners in school who are in EYFS and Key Stage One. Pupils access play based learning, through enabling environments and high quality adult interactions. Children work on their individualised learning outcomes through circle times, small group activities and individualised support but most of all through fun and play – opening up a world of learning.

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The Pre-Formal Pathway is based around 4 areas of learning - Communication & Interaction, Cognition & Learning, Physical & Sensory and Independence & Community. It offers an immersive, enriching sensory-based curriculum to build & develop skills via a thematic approach.

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Semi-Formal & Formal

The Semi-Formal Pathway is organised around 6 areas of learning and is delivered via a thematic approach building subject specific learning in readiness for the next steps to a Formal Pathway.

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Post 16

The Post 16 Pathway focusses on the 4 areas of Preparation for Adulthood and provides learners a community-based learning offer that builds on the skills whilst developing readiness for adult life.

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Assessment & Accreditation

Learner’s progress is assessed on an on-going basis using a range of assessment tools designed to help identify the crucial next steps in learning. Older students work towards externally validated accreditation.

‘Staff ensure that all pupils get the support that they need to move around the school or to access the curriculum as independently as possible. This builds pupils’ confidence’. Ofsted, 2021.

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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 Rachel Kay, 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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