John Jamieson School

"Students are enthusiastic about learning and, overall, their behaviour is outstanding". - Ofsted 2012

Post 16 Phase

The post-16 provision at John Jamieson school is for students between 16 and 19 years of age, who have a wide range of Special Educational Needs. We offer a positive, secure and caring environment where pupils can benefit from a high quality learning experience which embraces their individual needs.

The Post 16 provision continues to offer the East SILC pathways to learning with
the sensory, towards independence, and the independent curriculum. We aim to develop confidence, self-reliance and independence skills through a teaching framework that focuses on key skills that prepare students for transition to college, work and adult life in society. We offer flexible, activity based lessons that include a focus upon skills for life, skills for work, academic progress, leisure and interests.

Each student undertakes an individualised learning programme that is written in consultation with the staff, students and parents in order to ensure the aspirations of that student are addressed through their experience with us. Students are allocated to a core Pastoral Group but will access a range of different teaching and learning groups as they work through their timetable. Accreditation is delivered through ASDAN, with students able to work on modules within the Personal Progress, Personal Development Plan and Personal Social Development schemes of work. Units are taught via specific lessons and also as an integral part of cross curricular lessons and topic work. The school intends to further the opportunity to access appropriate and challenging accreditation through the introduction of further short courses from ASDAN that will be available to meet the needs of specific individual students as appropriate over the coming year. Students also have opportunity to complete the Duke of Edinburgh Award in silver and bronze, and a range of Arts Award courses.

Students experience work related learning on an individual basis, both in and out of school where appropriate, depending on the needs of the individual student. We have a key focus on enterprise activities that all students are involved in. Transition planning provides students with high quality support and guidance in terms of progression from school to college. In addition, the course provides a range of Further Education College Link courses.

The B Squared Adult Curriculum is used to assess student progress and in addition to a personalised timetable, students will also work towards Individual Learning Pathway Plans (ILPPs) in which individual targets are set in the student’s Education and Health Care Plan. These targets are set and reviewed six times annually.

As students become young adults and make the significant step from a Pre-16 to a Post-16 model of education our curriculum is designed to reflect this change. Therefore there is a shift in emphasis away from a more linear pupil progression model based upon the teaching and generalisation of concepts, towards a model of education which recognises the pupil’s existing skills and enables them to be applied in functional, everyday contexts. This approach also reflects the Department for Education’s model of a 16-19 curriculum.


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