The National Curriculum

The Amicus School is DfES registered. We deliver the National Curriculum at Key Stage 1, 2 and 3 going onto G.C.S.E and possible Vocational courses and work experience where applicable. Amicus has links with other schools in the community to share resources and to integrate the children into a different social and mainstream educational setting if they are developmentally and emotionally ready for this and it is deemed appropriate with regards to the next stage in their progression.

Key principles

The children who come to Amicus are often functioning emotionally and developmentally below their chronological age, therefore our teaching staff often work within the principles set out in the EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage.) The four principles set out in EYFS are as follows:

A unique child

Every child is a competent learner from birth who can be resilient, capable, confident, and self-assured.

Positive relationships

Children learn to be strong and independent from a base of loving and secure relationships with parents and/or key person.

Enabling environment

The environment plays a key role in supporting and extending children’s development and learning.

Learning and development

Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates and all areas of learning and development are equally important and interconnected.

Working according to EYFS, reflects the developmental delays and possible traumatic experiences that the children placed with us may have had. Although the children are all chronologically at the ages above that stated in the EYFS (0-5yrs), we adapt their learning according to their special educational needs.

We work in accordance to the EYFS, delivering the lessons at KS1 and KS2. If the child manages to progress beyond KS2 level, we continue to work according to the child’s special educational needs, progressing onto KS3 and as stated previously, working towards secondary education such as ASDAN and possibly preparation for G.S.C.E’s and integration into main stream schooling if this is deemed suitable and appropriate.

At all times we keep at heart the developmental age of the child and their readiness for learning. Readiness for learning comes from the combination of being able to be on task and what emotional response can be brought up in a learning environment.