Our approach to education at New Barn School is to inspire and engage our learners through a range of positive learning experiences.
New Barn School is committed to providing a broad, well balanced and relevant curriculum for all students. Key stages 2,3 & 4 are based on the National Curriculum subjects. Key stage 5 moves beyond national guidance to include a further breadth of life skills and work experience.
To view our curriculum overview map, please click here.
Curriculum planning is rigorous and focuses on the teaching and learning of key life skills, the fostering of independence and the celebration of diversity. There is an emphasis on core skills to take account of gaps in prior learning.
Core subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science are taught discretely to enable the teaching team to focus on developing the necessary skills needed to access the wider curriculum.
To read our curriculum policy, please click here.
A strong emphasis is placed on helping students to become increasingly independent and to acquire and develop the necessary life skills to allow them to function within the wider community. The curriculum takes full account of statutory and non-statutory guidelines. The statutory curriculum is enriched and enhanced by wider waking day learning experiences that support the students’ development and promote their spiritual, moral, social and cultural development.
By working collaboratively with parents/carers and young people we aim to:
- provide a positive, safe and caring environment within which young people and staff feel happy and secure in the process of learning;
- make excellent progress by setting high expectations of achievement of all students;
- remove/reduce a young person’s barriers to learning;
- provide young people with access to quality education and pastoral care which will enhance personal development, stimulate growth and provide equal opportunity;
- develop young people’s self-esteem, independence and awareness of, and consideration for, the feelings and the needs of others in the school and within the community at large;
- encourage young people to positively manage their own behaviour and difficulties;
- establish a climate within which young people and adults can interact and relate, engendering high levels of mutual interest and personal respect;
- develop the skills needed in each young person so they can be as independent as possible and ready for life after school;
- provide a broad and balanced curriculum that meets each young person’s needs, statutory requirements, and for those with special needs, the statement of special educational needs or EHC plan;
- work in partnership with parents/carers and other professionals.