The emphasis is on creating a safe, nurturing environment where younger students feel supported to develop the building blocks of their education. The focus within school will be based around the early phases of the national curriculum (‘I can’ statements). These statements have been incorporated as a starting point to allow progress to be tracked against key milestone criteria. School students will be assessed on entry and have targets set which aim to meet core outcomes from the EHCP and also support their development in moving through the cognitively-appropriate key stage.
Other areas of focus for WESC Foundation in supporting its school students include pastoral support through daily tutor times, weekly assemblies programme of themed activities, and immersion days throughout the year. Students reaching the end of their time in school (the end of Key Stage 4) will also be supported to begin developing their aspirations for life beyond WESC Foundation and be supported to access work experience opportunities.
The WESC Foundation curriculum
Our curriculum model is developed around five ‘pillars’ of learning for all our students across School and College, each of which contain two framework areas/subjects:
Communication: Literacy; ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) and AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication)
Life Skills: Daily Living Skills; Numeracy
Wellbeing: PSHE (Personal, Social, Health and Economic Education) and RSE (Relationships and Sex Education); Physical and Leisure
Community: Citizenship; Work Skills
Curiosity: World Around Us; Creativity
Activities are designed to help an individual achieve their own targets, whilst working within the campus-wide theme for a given term. For example, the curriculum theme for Summer 2020 is “The Great Outdoors”. All our students in School and College will complete activities relating to that theme in all of the framework areas/subjects above.
Life at WESC Foundation
All students at WESC Foundation can access:
- Cross-campus sessions to encourage the mixing of peer groups
- Enrichment activities like art, dance, gardening, music, VI Radio, and sensory exploration
- Activities that develop self-advocacy, independence and decision making
- Activities that develop self-care skills, and skills used in daily life
- Orientation and movement skills – through swimming, Rebound therapy, walking, biking, the multi gym, and a wide range of in-class activities
- Participation and work skills through community engagement and other on or off site activities.
Students can attend WESC Foundation as a day student or on a residential basis, with both weekly or termly accommodation and support.
We also offer split placements with schools and FE colleges. This is where the student attends a school or FE college for the main part of their studies but also attends WESC Foundation for a period of study, which may include specialist support around independent living, employability, mobility and orientation, access technology and Braille and/or access to our therapy team.