Curriculum at Mill Green
Teaching and Learning and the Curriculum:
The aim of Mill Green is to nurture, support and challenge learners to become as effective as they can be based upon individual needs, aspirations and ambition in all aspects of their social, emotional, and academic development.
The Curriculum at Mill Green is broad, varied and challenging and is tailored to meet the needs of the individual with emphasis placed upon personalisation, differentiation and integration.
Learning can take place in many different ways and the students experience a wide range of educational visits, community interaction, curriculum enrichment activities and themed enrichment weeks as well as class-based lessons.
Mill Green Curriculum:
Statutory Requirements: Compulsory subjects such as Citizenship, Religious Education and Careers are built in to the delivery alongside English Mathematics and Science so that every learner has access to a broad and balanced curriculum. Choices within the ’Life’ options are managed carefully so that all Key Stage 4 learners engage in an appropriate allocation of PE activities as well as breadth within the Foundation Lessons, Personal Development, Theme Weeks and enrichment opportunities.
Progress is rigorously monitored and focussed interventions enable each learner to achieve their full potential.
Individualisation: The curriculum is designed to respond to students’ current and future needs by enabling them to prepare for adult and working life outside of the College community. Mill Green offers a broad and balanced curriculum with a range of opportunities for students to make choices about their own learning and their future.
The Vocational programme consists of a range of on and off-site options such as horticulture, hospitality, vehicle maintenance, hair and beauty and sensory work-related learning along with enhancing teaching and learning in the areas of visual art, music and drama. Within Business Enterprise, students experience all aspects of planning, running and evaluating a successful business.
A Functional Skills programme, based around practical skills in Literacy, Mathematics and ICT enables young people to gain an understanding of when and how to apply their knowledge in real life situations.
Personal Development is promoted across the college curriculum and is supported through a comprehensive programme which covers Citizenship and Personal, Social and Health Education as well as offering access to a wide range of Sport and Leisure options such as ten pin bowling, cycling, outdoor activities, fitness suite visits and circuit training.
We provide specialist knowledge and resources to meet the needs of all young people including those requiring support through sensory curriculum and access and those requiring discrete ASD provision and support.
Mill Green’s overall aim is to ensure that all students have a positive and enjoyable learning experience enhancing their experiences, skills and abilities important for their adult life and future opportunities.
Religious Education: The national curriculum states the legal requirement that:
Every state-funded school must offer a curriculum which is balanced and broadly based, and which: promotes the spiritual, moral, cultural, mental and physical development of pupils; and prepares pupils at the school for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of later life. All state schools ... must teach religious education...’
As a result, Religious Education is taught as a discrete subject and as an area integrated into Personal Development lessons and follows St Helens Council’s agreed syllabus. In accordance with Government legislation, the syllabus will ‘reflect the fact that the religious traditions in Great Britain are, in the main, Christian while taking account of the teaching and practices of the other principal religions represented in Great Britain’
[Section 375 (3) of the Education Act 1996 and paragraph (5) of Schedule 19 to the School Standards and Framework Act 1998]
Collective Worship: The school practices collective worship regularly throughout the school week. In England and Wales Parents have the statutory right under Section 71 of the School Standards and Framework Act 1998 to withdraw their children from RE lessons and acts of Collective Worship at all maintained schools, including faith schools. This should be discussed with the Head teacher prior to your child being withdrawn from all or part of the school’s compulsory Religious Education Curriculum.
Parents may withdraw their children from Religious Education or elect to:
- Supervise them at home (or off school premises) while Religious Education is taking place.
- ii. Ask for them to be supervised by another member of staff in school.
- iii. Ask the Head Teacher to make informal parallel provision for those of a different faith.
Sex and Relationships Education: Sex and Relationships Education forms part of the overall curriculum for Personal Development. The school also offers workshops with specialist providers to support learners with specialist information, advice and support.
The staff and Governors believe that sex and relationship education should contribute to promoting the spiritual, moral, cultural and physical development of pupils at school and in society in order to prepare them for the opportunities and experiences of adult life.
Parents are given the opportunity to withdraw their children from these classes but would be encouraged to discuss the matter with class teachers first. Parents cannot withdraw their child from elements of SRE covered by the Science National Curriculum at KS 4.
Work in sex education is very much focused on helping our learners to deal with personal feelings and emotions as they progress into adulthood. Work also focuses on teaching learners to be safe, and to understand what is acceptable in their daily life.
Mini Business Enterprise: Business Enterprise is an integral and very important part of the KS5 school curriculum and for all pastoral classes through a focussed Enterprise Week.
Within these lessons all learners use the vehicle of a business project to develop skills such as literacy, numeracy, art and crafts, communication, public speaking, critical thinking, team building and a wide variety of social skills.
Accessing the Curriculum: All learners have an EHCP (Education, Health & Care plan) and the school caters for learners with, in some cases, very complex needs. As a result the curriculum is rigorously planned and differentiated so that no matter what the theme of the lesson is, focus will be upon driving individualised learning forward. On occasion and where appropriate this individualised focus may result in interventions such as specialist extra support in class, withdrawal of learners from class to allow additional input and the use of specialist equipment/technology to support the needs of the learner identified.
Assessment Procedure: The school sets targets for learners within their individual education plans using a range of sources including the Vocational Learning targets, Accreditation Components and B Squared / National Curriculum / Adult Curriculum elements. This results in highly individualised tracking or progress matched closely to the EHCP outcomes sought.
Sports and Physical Education: The school hall is fully equipped as a sports hall, with a wide range of equipment to provide access to physical activity and games for all learners regardless of ability. This includes an indoor climbing wall, trampoline and a multi-purpose sports playground area.
Within the Life option KS4 learners have the opportunity to select specific Physical Education activities by preference. In KS5 this option is extended to include a wider range of activities under the umbrella of ‘Leisure and Personal Interest Activities’
Mill Green takes advantage of on and off-site resources to offer a varied selection of activities to its learners as well as using such links to develop the confidence and the knowledge required when accessing local facilities in later life. As an active school, Mill Green competes in a range of local and national competitions across the school year and has built up relationships with specialist providers to ensure a high-quality offer is maintained throughout the year.
Residential Educational Experiences: As a school we offer opportunities for residential educational experiences. All residential visits offer extensive opportunities to support the curriculum and to develop skills beyond the classroom.
Pupils are offered residential short breaks to Bendrigg outdoor activity centre, visits to our exchange school in Stuttgart and other short breaks as appropriate.
Alongside supporting the curriculum residential experiences increase learner’s self-esteem, confidence, and independence, whilst giving learners access to valuable activities and experiences.
Charges for School Activities: Parents are occasionally asked for a contribution for all activities involving admission and travel costs. Without such contributions, the school would be unable to sustain the level of activity it currently does in terms of accessing community facilities without these contributions.
Specialist Provision and Support : Along with our general provision for 14-19 students, Mill Green also offers discrete and inclusive provision for learners within the Autistic Spectrum (ASD). This provision is based upon TEACCH principles, incorporating a wide range of specific activities to support the triad of Impairment.
Discrete and inclusive provision for learners with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD) and the most complex needs, is offered through Sensory Access. Provision is based upon a sensory curriculum which promotes access to a wide range of opportunities.
Each base has the benefit of high staffing ratio allowing for greater access to more individualised curricula for each learner.
Mill Green is very fortunate to have access to a range of facilities and partners to support learning throughout the key stages:
• Curriculum Access - Focussed support for individual students focussing on learning interventions to enhance progress and achievement.
• Integration/Inclusion - Mill Green benefits from close partnerships with other schools and providers, enabling access to a broader curriculum and specialist resources. An ever-broadening link with employers and the commercial sector also enhances our programme of Work-Related Learning and Work Experience.
• Sensory Curriculum activities are further enhanced by the use of technology and specialist sensory equipment and resources.