Aspirational Curriculum

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Curriculum Intent

“Meeting the individual needs of all”

Our Aspirational Curriculum

  • Provides personalised learning opportunities within a safe and nurturing environment.
  • Meticulously identifies and responds to priorities against a pupils’ strengths and needs
  • Supports young people to undertake learning in a range of environments, as appropriate including within mainstream lessons.
  • Consistently and persistently assesses a pupil’s progress
  • Methodically and diligently narrates and reports to a pupil’s EHCP
  • Ensures a purposeful, ambitious, pupil-driven transition to life beyond school


How do we create profoundly personalised Personal Learning Intention Maps (PLIM)?

Education Health & Care Plan (EHCP)

All children & young people that attend Orchard Lodge have an EHCP. An education, health and care plan (EHCP) is for children and young people aged up to 25 who need more support than is available through special educational needs support.

EHCPs identify educational, health and social needs and set out the additional support to meet those needs. All plans contain strengths and areas of development and long term and short term outcomes for individuals.

Strengths and Needs Analysis (S&N)

Every pupil has an S&N analysis written and updated during the last weeks of term 6 or when they join the school. These are devised collaboratively between staff members

Staff develop S&N analysis collaboratively through professional dialogue with one another and by:

  • Using a pupil’s EHCP & Annual Review to help devise a highly accurate S&N and take into account a range of views including parents, other professionals and the pupils themselves.
  • Reflecting on the previous year’s PLIM report. This allows them to evaluate the progress a pupil made against their previous PLIM and identify the next steps suggested by previous class teacher.
  • Referring to any specialist reports from other professionals such as SALT, OT and Physio.

These documents are profoundly personalised for each and every student.

Personal Learning Intention Maps (PLIMs)

As a school staff we have agreed upon 8 areas of ‘Priority learning’ (PLAs) which have been carefully selected to reflect our aspirational and holistic approach. Furthermore our PLAs ensure that coverage is cross curricular and resonates with real life. At Orchard Lodge we believe that sustained and continuous progress in each of these priority learning areas will allow our students to gain the skills and experience that they need to reach their full potential.

At Orchard Lodge we have chosen not to devise a succession of hierarchical ‘next steps’ for our learning intentions. Instead we reassess individual’s S&N each year and develop new PLIMs which are specific to and reflective of a student’s current needs. Therefore we ensure that we ‘address a pupils needs at their point of learning’.

Each student will have one learning intention per priority learning area per year. In order to indicate continuous progress towards achievement of each learning intention, evidence against 5 ‘Coverage statements’ outline significant phases in relation to it.

Each learning intention should be aimed to be completed within an academic year (Sept- July). They should remain aspirational and highly personal to the individual.

Progress against learning Intentions and coverage statements is reviewed, monitored and moderated throughout the school year. We record and evidence progress using the app ‘Evidence for Learning’. Evidence is collected in the form of photographs, videos and staff comments. Evidence should clearly demonstrate that a pupil has mastered a coverage statement.

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