At Hillcrest School we have such a wide range of abilities, needs and ages that we cannot have one curriculum to fit all of our pupils. We believe that each Class Teacher, with support from their class teams, are best placed to and should be allowed to design individual curriculums to suit either individual pupils or groups of pupils within their class.
The most effective and powerful curricula are those that are flexible, allow for responsiveness and continually change through evaluation, adjusted to reflect new insights and learning from our teachers, teaching assistants and classrooms.
Each learner is unique and most children and young people across our school follow their own bespoke curriculum. There may be a number of different curricular for groups or individuals in each class and depending on their individual needs (age, ability, physical needs, learning needs and health) the curriculum will focus on varying proportions of each.
Our choice of curriculum organisation has been developed around the starting point of pupil need and is contextualised to meet the specific needs of the pupils in our school and to support their personal development and welfare.
The curriculum at Hillcrest School complies with the guidelines of the National Curriculum. However, it is designed to take into account each pupil’s special needs and the pace at which he/she can learn. The curriculum embraces all that is learned through school, whether in lessons or as part of informal learning within and beyond the school day.
The school has a clear focus on the personal, social development and wellbeing of each child, as well as on their academic progress. At Hillcrest, we aim to teach our children how to grow into positive, responsible and independent people who can work and co-operate with others while developing their knowledge and skills, so that they achieve their full potential.
Sex and Relationships Education (S.R.E.)
Education about Sex and Relationships is taught within the Science, Focus & PPSED programme. The school adapts and follows the Northumberland RSE Core Curriculum; this is a flexible scheme of work for mainstream and special schools. The school is also supported by the Northumberland Specialist Health Improvement Service, who have developed specific resources for pupils with additional needs.
Additional support and Intervention
For those pupils who would benefit from additional intervention in their learning to support their continued progress, school offers Emotional Literacy sessions, in addition to the delivery of Speech and Language Therapy and Occupational Therapy programmes.