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The Russett School Curriculum

What is our intent?

Our curriculum is carefully designed to ensure all pupils have access to a wealth of exciting and enriching learning experiences. It is our intent to provide all of our pupils with bespoke opportunities for learning in order to ensure maximum personal growth in order to develop vital skills required for a happy and successful future.

We are extremely proud of our school and we value working together with all of our families to achieve shared outcomes.

Enjoyment and motivation for learning is firmly situated at the heart of what we do, focussing on developing skills in confidence, character, individuality, independence, resilience and tolerance.

Our bespoke curriculum aims to :

  • Provide outstanding educational opportunities through a personalised and challenging curriculum
  • Maximise skill development in the four areas of need; cognition & learning, communication & interaction, mental health and wellbeing and physical & sensory needs- including Positive Behaviour Support
  • Ensure that no pupil/young person leaves without a chosen means of communication
  • Fully prepare our children and young people for the next stage of education and transition into adulthood
  • Prioritise skills of independence and for a happy and fulfilled future

Organisation of our Curriculum; how do we implement our aims for learning?

All of our pupils engage in either pre- subject or subject specific learning. Learning pathways have been created to suit the needs of each learner profile. This personalised approach enables us to provide an appropriate, challenging curriculum for all of our pupils ensuring that pupils meet the outcomes of their individual Education Health and Care Plans (EHCP).

Our three pathways are; the Coastal, Countryside and City.

The pathway a pupil follows is regularly reviewed and pupils are given opportunities to move pathways where appropriate. Each pathway has been designed to meet the varying academic, sensory, communication, physical and independence needs of our pupils. Each pathway supports pupils to fulfil their potential and prepare them for the next stages in education and ultimately their transition into adulthood. Whilst our pupils are set challenging targets, we want all learners to have fun and enjoy their learning!

Our broad, balanced and relevant curriculum is overseen by our teams of specialist subject leaders. Please refer to our comprehensive manuals which detail the Intent, Implementation and Impact of each particular subject area (English, Phonics, Handwriting, Maths, PSHE & RSE, Science, PE, RE, Humanities, Creative Arts, Computing, Careers)

Key areas are also promoted and recognised through our specialist leads; such as Communication Lead, Behaviour Leads, our Mental Health and Wellbeing Lead, Pupils Voice, Careers Lead & Job Coach.

In addition to our core curriculum, we offer further enriching experiences through;

  • Forest School- a programme for opportunities for learning outside the classroom (LOtC) – please see supporting manual
  • Educational visits – community links, visits and experiences linked to learning pathways
  • ELSA – promoting positive mental health and wellbeing through targeted support. please see supporting manual
  • Sensory- meeting individual sensory needs through individual programmes, sensory diets and specialist resources
  • Visitors to school- linked to in class learning, community links, celebrations or theme days
  • Commissioned services- SALT, Occupational Therapy and Music Therapy

We are fully supported through our dedicated NHS Speech & Language Therapy team and Physiotherapy Team who work directly with all staff to provide a consistent approach for all learners. We adopt a ‘total communication approach’, drawing on signing, Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS), Voice Output Communication Aids (VOCAs) and Objects of Reference. This model enables a shared understanding between adult and learner, without which no true learning can take place.


How do we assess our learning pathways?


  Coastal Pathway Countryside Pathway City Pathway Multi Agency Assessment EHCP
Key Stage 1 Engagement Steps

IEP (EHCP Outcomes)





Progression Steps

IEP (EHCP Outcomes)




Speech & Language Therapy




Occupational Therapist


Commissioned services



Termly assessment of IEP targets (EHCP Outcomes)


Annual review of EHCP Outcomes






Key Stage 2
Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4 Progression Steps

IEP (EHCP Outcomes)

BSquared: Skills for Life (Room 11)

Post 16 BSquared: Skills for Life

ASDAN Towards Independence PMLD modules/Transition Challenge (sensory) modules

BSquared: Skills for Life

ASDAN Towards Independence modules

BSquared: Skills for Life

Open Awards, Functional Skills examinations and BKSB profiling

What is the impact of our curriculum?

  • Successful outcomes for learners at all stages of education – improvement and progress in learning new skills; independence, tolerance, communication, behaviour
  • Academic progress- individual tracking of pupil progress, Evisense, impact of interventions
  • Wide range of learning opportunities – Enrichment programme promoting cultural capital; rich in pupil voice driving forward our core offer
  • Careers and Work Experience – outcomes, raising expectations and maximising opportunities
  • Destinations – Securing the future and learning from experiences post Russett / Alumini focus group
  • Parent & Carer partnerships- support for families from EYFS to Post 16
  • Happy and confident learners fully prepared for the next stage of Education or support


Please click on the link to view our Curriculum Presentation:

The Russett School-Our Curriculum Presentation