Key Stages 4 & 5

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Key stages 4 & 5 (14-19 Foundation Curriculum)

Key stage 4 lasts for two years, from year 10 to year 11 and Key stage 5 for three years from year 12 to year 14. It is a particularly important time, as it is when students really start to grow into young adults, with all the challenges that involves. In Key stage 4 and 5 students are supported to meet these challenges, building on the work that has gone on previously, aiming to prepare them for adult life.

Our objective is to make sure that the education we provide is the most suitable for our students. We want them to enjoy all that the National Curriculum has to offer, but also want to make sure that they are interested, motivated and challenged. We also want to prepare them for leaving St. Joseph’s and moving on to their next placement. This may be at the end of Key stage 4, or they may stay with us for an additional 3 years in Key stage 5.

For students already at St. Joseph’s in Key stage 3, transition to Key stage 4 will start in year 9, when they will join their older peers for selected sports, educational visits and combined lunches. As the end of year 9 approaches they will meet their new teacher and see the classroom they will be based in.

 

Progression Pathways

To help us make sure that each student receives the right balance of practical and more academic teaching and learning, we offer three Pathways. We choose the most appropriate Pathway with them, thinking about where they are likely to go after they leave St. Joseph’s, their individual interests and the skills and subjects they are good at and those where they need more help. Pathways help us to plan an individualised curriculum for each student that best meets their own needs.

The Pathways are not fixed – we monitor progress to make sure that the student is on the right Pathway. They can move from one Pathway to another at any time, if that is best for them, but we want their chosen Pathway to be realistic and achievable. The timescale covered by a Pathway is 5 years, ending in the transition of the student to a post-19 placement.

 

Yellow Pathway

Their likely destination is Social Care or a specialist residential college. They need to concentrate on their speech and communication, on skills that will make them as independent as possible in their home, on social skills and functional literacy and numeracy.

 

Purple Pathway

The student’s long term destination is likely to be supported living and supported working, but they will probably go to a specialist residential college for continuing education straight after they leave St. Joseph’s.

They need to continue to improve their communication and social skills, develop skills that will help them look after themselves and their home, and skills that will help them in a supported work setting.

 

Green Pathway

They are likely to leave St. Joseph’s and go into Further Education at a local college, with learning support, before getting an apprenticeship or job. Developing skills that will help them to learn and make the most of their time at FE college are especially important. This will include their social skills as well as more academic subjects, which may include GCSEs.

 

Yr 9 Transition Annual ReviewStaff to explore your transition and Post 19 destination
Routes Yellow Purple Green
Yr10 Asdan Certificate in Personal Progress Asdan Certificate in Personal Social DevelopmentEntry Level Maths, Eng, ICT Asdan Certificate in Personal Social DevelopmentEntry Level Maths, Eng, ICT, GCSE’s
YR 11 Asdan Award in Personal Progress Asdan Award in Personal Social DevelopmentEntry Level Maths, Eng, ICT Asdan Certificate in Personal Social Development Entry Level Maths, Eng, ICT, GCSE’s
Yr 12 Diploma in Personal Progress Diploma in Life SkillsEntry Level Maths, Eng, ICT Diploma in Life SkillsEntry Level Maths, Eng, ICT, GCSE’s
YR 13 Diploma in Personal Progress Diploma in Life SkillsEntry Level Maths, Eng, ICT Diploma in Life SkillsEntry Level Maths, Eng, ICT, GCSE’s
YR 14 Diploma in Personal Progress Diploma in Life SkillsEntry Level Maths, Eng, ICT Diploma in Life SkillsEntry Level Maths, Eng, ICT, GCSE’s
Post 19 Specialist residential college/ Supported Living Specialist residential college/ Supported Living Life Skills/Work Skills at localFE CollegeEmployment

The Key stage 4 & 5 Experience

Key stage 4 is the first part of the College experience. students are physically in a different building from school. Lessons involve more transition, supported as necessary, from place to place within the college.

It is also when students start to gain experience of the wider world. We offer:

  • Work experience in nearby businesses and organisations
  • Jobs within the school and college
  • Accessing and using different forms of public transport
  • Work on enterprise projects using our own workshop, horticultural and catering facilities
  • Increased access to community facilities, such as the library, shops, and the local leisure centre

Everyone in Key stage 4 follows an ASDAN program. ASDAN stands for Award Scheme Development Accreditation Network. It is an organisation that provides qualifications that recognise growing skills – for learning, for employment and for life.

In Key stage 4 we offer two main ASDAN programs:

ASDAN Personal Progress: Entry 1

This suite of qualifications spans a wide range of achievement from being able to encounter experiences to the ability to apply basic skills, knowledge and understanding to a range of familiar experiences. The qualifications are offered at Entry 1 and below.

The fifty-plus units cover Literacy, Numeracy, ICT, Independent Living Skills, Personal Development, Community Participation and Preparation for Work.

students earn credits by completing units. The credits are then combined to earn a qualification:

8 credits for an Award

14 credits for a Certificate

37 credits for a Diploma

ASDAN Personal Progress Entry 1 is followed by students on the Yellow Pathway.

 

ASDAN Personal Social Development: Entry 1, 2 and 3

This suite of qualifications in Personal and Social Development aim to support young people to become confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy; who are responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and embrace change; and can manage risk together with their own well-being. The 39 units from Entry1 to Entry 3 include Parenting Awareness, Managing own Money and Making the Most of Leisure Time.

students earn credits by completing units. The credits are then combined to earn a qualification, which is available at both Award and Certificate levels:

Entry 1 Award 6 credits
Entry 1 Certificate 13 credits
Entry 2 Award 6 credits
Entry 2 Certificate 13 credits
Entry 3 Award 6 credits
Entry 3 Certificate 13 credits

ASDAN Personal and Social Development is followed by students on all Pathways other than Yellow, with the Entry level selected according to ability.

 

General Certificate in Secondary Education (GCSE)

For students on the Green pathway we offer GCSE courses, mainly from OCR, in:

  • English Language
  • Mathematics
  • Art
  • Science

and other subjects as required.

We also offer a number of other qualifications, including Horticulture from the Royal Horticultural Society, Entry Level core subjects from OCR and FoodWise from ASDAN.

In Key stage 5 we continue the work started in Key stage 4 with our emphasis on independence. Our aim is to make each individual student as independent as they are able to be.

In Key stage 5 we continue with the accreditations started in Key stage 4, but offer the Diploma in Life Skills instead of Personal Social Development.

Our curriculum is built around the three areas of the foundation learning programme – personal social development, functional skills and vocational skills.

Entitlement Statement

This area is covered in PSHE and Citizenship.

Click on the following link to view the Entitlement Statements which are written with symbols of the student’s entitlements:

Entitlement Statement KS 4,5