Curriculum and Teaching
Parkside Academy considers all teachers to be teachers of pupils with SEND. Staff are trained to be able to identify and provide for pupils with SEND to ensure they can achieve their potential.
All pupils at Parkside follow the national curriculum at a level that is suitable for their ability. Our inclusive ethos aims to provide a personalised learning experience for our SEND pupils by providing a tailored curriculum to meet individual needs.
To match pupil ability to the curriculum we are dedicated to providing:
- A range of teaching and learning styles.
- Differentiated teaching resources to both support and extend pupils ability.
- Additional “out of class” support.
- An innovative and supportive curriculum – including an integrated literacy based curriculum at KS3 and preparation of adult life (PAL) curriculum at KS4.
- Mentoring and counselling.
- A broad range of extra-curricular activities.
- Key Stage 4 programmes of study that are relevant to pupils’ needs.
- Applications to examination boards to obtain access arrangements as appropriate.
- Access to ICT.
Tracking and Progress
All staff are responsible for assessing, monitoring and tracking the progress of our pupils. Each pupil is regularly assessed in class in all subjects and levels are recorded and reported to parents frequently. At a whole school level, aspirational targets are set for all pupils including those with SEND. Staff are responsible for setting each student achievable yet challenging targets within lessons and having high expectations of progress. Heads of departments, Year Leaders, Tutors and the SENCo regularly check on the progress of pupils and if someone is not making the expected levels of progress then intervention is put in place.