All pupils follow the National Curriculum at a level and a pace that is appropriate to their abilities. Our SEND philosophy places SEND children at the heart of personalised learning and our curriculum is tailored to meet individual pupils needs.
All pupils in school receive quality first teaching. This means that a range of teaching and learning styles are used and that appropriate learning objectives are set for all children. At times and when it is felt appropriate, modifications to the curriculum may be implemented which are deemed to be above quality first teaching. To successfully match pupil ability to the curriculum Acre Rigg Academy remain committed to:
• A range of teaching and learning styles
• Differentiated learning materials
• Access to ICT and Technology
• Additional in class support
• Additional out of class support
• Many Enrichment and Enjoyment opportunities to stimulate and motivate learning
• Flexible groupings – including small group support work
• An innovative and supportive curriculum
• The appropriate use of rewards and sanctions
• Mentoring and counselling
• A broad range of extra-curricular activities, including homework club, one to one support and
• Assessment procedures that emphasise pupils’ strengths and achievements
• Applications during national testing at Key Stage 2 to obtain access arrangements as appropriate
For English classes are taught in mixed ability sets and Maths our classes are split into two groupings, lower ability pupils are supported by teaching assistants. Pupils are also offered additional one to one tuition, small group work or interventions where needed.
Our curriculum also includes the social and emotional aspects imperative for life long learning. This is delivered through the PHSE curriculum, which includes Jigsaw and personalised learning. Our school has high expectations of behaviour, attitude and effort from all pupils. Some children may need additional support for a range of reasons and our Behaviour and Pastoral Support Manager will tailor programmes to the individual needs of pupils on a one to one basis or in small groups.
Life skills are developed through a range of curriculum activities including Business Enterprise Days, completing application forms, undergoing interviews and training for roles such as Buddies, Time to Talk Mentors, Mini-police, team building, cooperation and resilience through problem solving in lessons, team games, residential activities etc.