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Samuel Laycock School

Curriculum

Our Curriculum is founded on four key areas  which underpin everything we do, these are:

  • achievement 
  • communication
  • independence
  • self management

We offer an exciting and dynamic curriculum that puts the young person at the heart of everything we do. We empathise with the challenges that a young person with Autism faces and the barriers to learning that this can sometimes create. We aim to break down these barriers by offering a curriculum that is autism friendly in its delivery and addresses the core needs of autism. There will therefore be a big focus within our curriculum on teaching Life skills and Social communication skills and increasing opportunities for young people to think in a more flexible way.

These core areas will underpin every part of the curriculum and will also be taught as discrete subjects. Young people in years 7 to 9 will be offered a modified National Curriculum covering all subjects. These will be taught in a thematic way so young people with autism have a chance to “link their learning” and generalise the things they have learnt more easily. There will be an emphasis on practical hands on learning delivered in a visual way with visual support structures in place to aid understanding.

In Years 10 and 11 the curriculum will focus more on “Life after school” and young people will learn Vocational skills and further life skills. They will have opportunities to gain ASDAN qualifications in a variety of subjects and some students may have the opportunity to gain GCSE Entry level qualifications in the core subjects of Mathematics, English and Science. Students will also have work experience opportunities in Year 11.

Our curriculum is autism friendly both in its content and delivery and we will fit the curriculum around the young person’s individual needs, strengths and interests to ensure that they leave school as a confident and happy young adult.