Our CurriculumOur curriculum is designed to ensure pupils build on their strengths with a robust foundation of knowledge and skills that will prepare them for adulthood, increasing opportunities and enabling them to thrive in life. Our values and ethos permeate our curriculum.HappinessWe believe learning, when it is fun and engaging builds our wellbeing and encourages further progress. Social communicationWhilst our curriculum is based on a modified national curriculum, it is unique in the focus throughout all elements of the curriculum on the development of social communication skills Specialist curriculaOur curriculum applies the National Curriculum, with subject teaching in relevant areas of learning that seek to engage, inspire and establish skills and knowledge to be creative and evaluate - making the abstract concrete where possible with transferable learning. We identify the specialist areas of; learning to learn, independent living, keeping safe, ambition, and understanding self.QualificationsWe enable our pupils to gain appropriate, nationally recognised qualifications (including Entry level, BTECs, GCSEs and City and Guilds) that support our young people in developing pride, achieving results and to springboard from at college and in adulthood.Learning in the CommunityWhether at the end of the school day, or when leaving school at 16 years old, our pupils are part of our mainstream world. As such, we emphasise the importance of teaching and learning functional skills across a range of settings. Work-Related LearningWe strongly value functional learning skills and the acquisition of employment related skills and experiences. We are working to support more pupils into work/ have more work-related learning experiences. The curriculum is regularly reviewed so that each pupil has an opportunity to develop personal skills and widen their interests. We offer a range of externally moderated courses to pupils with the aim of introducing a broader choice of qualifications to match pupils’ interests and abilities. All pupils work towards certification in English, maths, science, design & technology, humanities including Religious Education and, art. They take Entry Level Functional Skills Qualifications in English, maths and IT. GCSE courses in maths, English, Geography, modern languages and art are available to those pupils whom it is appropriate.Pupils have the opportunity to choose vocational courses in horticulture and ‘community action’ leading to accreditations such as City & Guilds or Entry Pathways. They can also opt to gain Level One qualifications in horticulture, construction and cookery through BTEC and City & Guilds examinations. Last year, our pupils achieved Level 1 in the Jamie Oliver BTEC and this year, some children have passed Level 2 qualifications in this very important subject.College Link and Work ExperiencePupils attend link courses at our local colleges of further education, giving them the opportunity to experience education in a different environment and to promote the values of learning as young adults. Here pupils learn alongside others with special needs and mainstream students. They spend either an extended morning or afternoon at college for a term to have comparative experiences. The programme is designed to meet a range of learning difficulties and include: preparation for work, basic skills, ICT, media, creative arts and life skills. The purpose of our link courses is also to build the pupils’ confidence in attending college as an intended destination beyond schooling.Work experience is an integral part of the vocational learning followed by pupils in Years 10, 11 (and currently Year 12). Our vocational courses support the child’s broad and balanced curriculum that seeks to broaden pupils’ interests and engagement with the world of work. All pupils are encouraged to make an informed choice of their work experience placement. They each have an opportunity to undertake some community experience or sheltered placements that culminate in the chance to secure a longer placement – these are sometimes paid part-time employment opportunities. We also create extended work experience placements where this is appropriate, meaning children attend work placements to gain work and life skills, whilst undertaken supported programmes of study across work and school.Careers Guidance and Work Related LearningWe have a range of external sources of careers guidance that meet the new statutory guidelines. These include employer visits, mentoring and website and telephone helpline access. This is together with the provision set up within school – careers teaching by the class teachers, progamme of our weekly college visits about next steps – education and work.Careers is taught as a cross-curricular programme throughout the whole school. Younger pupils begin by looking at different job roles whilst learning the foundation subjects through a topic-based approach. From Year 10 onwards, pupils follow integrated courses including Work Related Learning thus allowing them to investigate in greater detail jobs of particular interest to them. All pupils in Years 9, 10 and 11 have an individual interview with a Careers Advisor who visits the school and attends annual review meetings to support pupils’ college choices and advise the parents. We are also aware of the apprenticeships resources and access this throughout our teaching.It is one of our aims of the school that all pupils will access the mainstream world on an individual level. Work experience and a desire to be part of the workforce – to pay our taxes and give to charities for those less fortunate than ourselves forms a key message in our provision. As such, we are developing opportunities for our pupils to experience work-related learning through effective partnerships with local, national and international employers. Our links with colleges and employers extends across Hertfordshire and supports children from all areas of the county.We are delighted to be supported by Careers Enterprise Company, who are helping us to work with potential employers in our aim to improve understanding about learning disabilities and the value of our young people in the workforce.If you have access to work experience placements, please do get in touch, we are always growing our range of opportunities for our pupils. St Luke's Contact PageCurriculum Learning FociCommunication, Personal & Social Development and Kinaesthesia guide learning throughout the pupils' schooling. We have a system for sharing information about PSD as well as assessing progress in this vital area of learning.Shine!Our curriculum nurtures each young person's strengths, giving them a reason to learn and building their sense of value, worth and belief in the importance of what they can achieve. Learning Groups 2017 Onwards..We call ourselves Lower, Middle and Upper Schools in order to celebrate age transitions and work across key stages.