About our School

Curriculum

The curriculum is planned to promote individual and group learning opportunities via a full range of experiences and activities that are appropriate to each student’s age, entitlement, needs, abilities and choice.

Particular emphasis is placed on the National Curriculum, communication and self-directed behaviour strategies for a lifelong learning programme. Wherever possible we aim to provide access and inclusion opportunities to mainstream education and other community based leisure and social activities geared towards the promotion of independent living.

Most students enter Liverpool Progressive School with a Statement of Special Educational Needs or Education, Health and Care Plan providing the basis for their Individual Education Plan and Individual Learning Plan. This is a tool by which the school establishes what and how targets are to be achieved. In addition to educational targets other development parameters are set, monitored and reviewed regularly.

In line with the 1988 Education Reform Act, Liverpool Progressive School strives to promote the spiritual, moral, cultural, social, emotional and physical development of all students in school and society. Through themed weeks a selected theme is threaded throughout the curriculum to promote and develop this entitlement.

Our overarching aim at Liverpool Progressive School is to provide the highest quality education where inclusion, enrichment and progression enables personal achievement for all students in preparation for the responsibilities, experiences and opportunities of adult life (with appropriate levels of support).

National Curriculum Strategy

Subjects are accessible to all students, at appropriate levels according to their age and ability. The main focus of the teaching is on developing functional skills and applying them to real situations throughout each students programme. They can be accredited via AQA Unit Awards and build towards AQA Entry Level Certificates (NC 1-3) and GCSE Foundation (NC 3-5) and Higher (NC 5+) Stage exam entry where appropriate.

These subjects are:

  • Maths
  • English
  • PSHE&C
  • Science

National Curriculum Foundation

Subjects are included in programs of study and are accessible according to ability, need and age. These include:

  • Physical Education
  • Geography
  • Computing
  • Food Technology
  • History
  • Art
  • Music and Drama
  • R.E

Supplementary subjects and therapeutic experiences are available for students to access based on their ability, need, age and preference. They include:

  • Horticulture
  • Outdoor Education/ Animal Care/ Woodwork
  • Drama Group (inclusion project)
  • Work experience at post 16
  • Supportive college placement
  • Hydro therapy
  • Multi-sensory therapy

Independent Living Skills activities are included in programmes of study. These activities are wide ranging and structured to allow for incremental steps in achievement. Activities are grouped into main areas and can be individually accredited through the AQA Unit Award Scheme and covered in Personal Health and Social Education lessons.

The Asdan Award Scheme offers accredited programmes of study that compliment other curriculum areas, allowing opportunities to practice acquired skills and knowledge through practical and functional activities.

New Horizons is an activity based Asdan programme offered to KS3 (11-14) students providing structure, flexibility and providing recognition for small steps of achievement. The contexts are set within and beyond school and support the delivery of Personal, Social, Health, Citizenship and Careers educational targets.  This programme is appropriate for learners working between levels P1 – P8 in Key Stage 3.

Transition Challenge is an Asdan programme suitable for Key Stage 4 (14-16) students. It provides a framework of activities developing and accrediting personal and independent living skills through areas relating to National Curriculum Key Stage 4 programmes of study. This scheme is complemented by activities geared towards skills development necessary for adult living, as recommended by the Dearing Review.

Towards Independence is an Asdan programme that has been developed for the adult learner (16-19). It offers formal recognition for small steps of achievement and modules can be accessed separately and accumulated to build up a profile. Modules within this programme fulfill many of the objectives of the Government White Paper – Valuing People. They include:

  • Citizenship
  • Photography
  • Coping with People
  • Out in the Community
  • Current Affairs
  • Personal Safety
  • Environment
  • Pottery
  • Everyday living
  • Using Everyday Signs
  • Going Out
  • Relationships
  • Getting to Know a Group
  • Self Advocacy
  • Knowing About Myself
  • Sport Studies
  • Meal Preparation
  • Time Management
  • Using Transport
  • Money

Personal Projects offer a way of combining classroom based learning objectives in functional contexts. They are planned with students from 14+ years and include elements of Transition Acton Plans, LA advice, ILP targets, hobbies, interests, work experience, spiritual and cultural events and community access.