Our Curriculum Intentions

Curriculum Intent – ASC Department

The ASC curriculum will support young people to become functional members of society, by equipping them with the skills to cope with the challenges that face them in everyday life. It will support their understanding of themselves, others and the social expectations in the wider community.

This will involve teaching them to recognise their own emotions and develop strategies to self-regulate and successfully function and transition in the community around them, whilst empowering them with functional communication skills and tools to make their requests and feelings known. Alongside this, young people will learn social skills to engage with family, peers and the wider community. This will be taught through an amalgamation of the SCERTS and TEACCH approaches, SCERTS focuses on Social Communication and Emotional Regulation, whilst the TEACCH approach provides structure to support independence and life skills, including personal safety. The ASC curriculum is designed to enable and empower our young people to be the best that they can be. Our aim is to equip them for life beyond Mary Elliot School, where they can be confident, independent and successful young people.

Curriculum Intent – SLD Department

The SLD curriculum will support students to become active members of society. It will help them to understand their community and the wider world, as well as develop their communication, independence and confidence. We will provide a wide range of experiences, which will enable our students to prepare for life.

Students within the SLD department will be working towards becoming a more effective citizen by developing awareness of British Values, being part of the community, becoming more independent and learning transferable life skills. Where appropriate this could include work experience, college placements and developing independent living skills. Students will be supported in making meaningful life choices such as healthy living, managing money and expressing their opinion. To develop their social skills, students will be encouraged to form friendships, behave appropriately (or manage/regulate their behaviour), and stay safe when out and about or online.  We aim to make a positive difference to our students’ lives by enabling them to develop these transferable skills. With the support of families and carers, these skills can be used at home, in the community, at school and in life beyond.

Curriculum Intent – SET Department (Sensory, Engagement and Therapeutic)

The SET curriculum will support young people to become integrated members of society. It will support their understanding of the world, people and places around them, through a variety of sensory experiences whilst developing their confidence. The young people will experience sounds, movements, textures, smells and other sensory input to support their understanding of the sensory world around them. Where needed the young people will also learn to manage their own emotions and regulate their behaviour to cope with new and challenging situations in order to access a wider range of life experiences.

The young people working within the SET curriculum will be working towards developing their ability to communicate and make effective life choices and expressing preferences. They will be supported to use their communication skills, however small, in meaningful ways to impact on their everyday life. They will also be supported to understand their own daily routines and experiences through appropriate levels of communication. The young people within the SET department can have additional vulnerabilities, including health, physical and sensory needs. These will be addressed within the curriculum through additional therapies, physical management plans, and additional health support to enable them to continue to access the community and wider world.

To discuss the Curriculum at Mary Elliot, please contact Natalie Dixon (Assistant Headteacher) by telephone 01922 490190, or via email: postbox@mary-elliot.walsall.sch.uk