Curriculum Intent:

‘A broad, relevant and innovative curriculum, that prepares young people for life beyond Educational Diversity’

Educational Diversity is a Pupil Referral Unit and a Home & Hospital Education Service for Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4 pupils who have experienced difficulties within mainstream schools.

Many of the young people who attend Educational Diversity arrive here at a difficult period in their lives. More often than not, they have missed a great deal of their education in mainstream school and have therefore fallen behind their peers. As a consequence, they are often lacking in confidence and believe that they cannot get back on track. We recognise that young people learn best when they are emotionally secure. We therefore aim to give all our pupils the necessary support to improve their confidence and self-esteem and well-being, within a nurturing environment, thus enabling them to be in the right frame of mind to enjoy and value their education. Our ethos is underpinned by the six Principles of Nurture:

  • Children’s learning is understood developmentally
  • The classroom offers a safe base.
  • Nurture is important for the development of self-esteem.
  • Language is understood as a vital means of communication.
  • All behaviour is communication.
  • Transitions are significant in the lives of children

Our starting point is the child and their individual needs. We identify and assess the academic, cognitive and holistic needs of all our pupils when they come to us. We devise Individual Learning Plans which include their identified needs, strategies to support them and their bespoke curriculum offer.

At the same time as providing emotional and learning support, we give our young people access to high quality learning opportunities. Our curriculum is ambitious and challenging, and designed to raise aspirations.

We want our pupils to be successful learners in school and we want to prepare them so that they can achieve the best that they can. We are committed to our role in equipping our pupils to progress back into mainstream education, into meaningful further education, employment or training and make a positive contribution to society.

The importance of literacy and numeracy is emphasised, along with the acquisition of personal learning, thinking and problem solving skills.

Alongside the formally taught curriculum there are many opportunities for our young people to engage in additional outdoor, sporting, cultural and vocational activities both in school and beyond the normal school day.

Pupils at all Key Stages are taught in small groups, where they study the core curriculum and receive the extra support they require. They build on what they already know and are taught new concepts and skills that enable them to make useful connections. As such pupils are then able to make good progress as staff can ensure that learning is tailored to individual student needs.

We have 6 curriculum offers for our pupils depending on their personal circumstances for accessing the education through our provision:

  Short Stay - Reach Short Stay - Athena KS3 P/E KS4 P/E  KS4 Atlas KS4 College
Careers / Engagement Coach      
Speech & Language    
Transition to FE college, apprenticeships, employment    
Understanding behaviours and self-regulation