Our CEIAG curriculum builds upon the foundation of learning and experiences that student’s encounter during their time with us. Our curriculum is both innovative and progressive in addressing the government’s 2018 statutory guidance. Our learners are provided with school experiences that include enterprise opportunities and visits to the local community. As well as that our students are afforded the opportunity to develop lifelong vocational skills that will assist them in the world of work, whether that be supported employment, further education in college or university or in the volunteering sector. We ensure sharply matched work experience placements for our students in both secondary and sixth form. Career and industry visits also form a vital part of our curriculum and our bespoke Careers / Social Communication lessons focus on specific skills for particular jobs of interest and also provide a valid accreditation of employability skills and qualifications.

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Intent

Rowan High School aims to provide a broad, balanced, diverse and differentiated CEIAG curriculum which is challenging, creative and fun for students. Throughout the learning experience, we aim to facilitate learner’s acquisition of knowledge, skills and qualities which will help them to be more suitably informed about their choices and potential after leaving Rowan High School. The curriculum is geared heavily towards equipping our students with the confidence to take advantage of opportunities, responsibilities and experiences that they may come across in later life. In this way we aim to powerfully address through our curriculum the issues of social disadvantage that our students may be faced with. It is imperative to equip our students with the skills needed to achieve their career goals and to have aspirations to continue in education or develop within the workplace.

It is our over-arching intention that our students have a meaningful role within society and are able to contribute purposefully to their community. The CEIAG curriculum is reflective of this intention in that it teaches students from Year 7 to Year 11 important skills related to work ethic, community spirit and independent learning and working. Students have access to a range of work experiences that endeavour to teach them about the different roles within society and how to contribute effectively to each of these roles. Feedback and assessment is used to enable students to gain an understanding of which types of work they are best suited towards and why. The curriculum is structured in such a way through the key stages that it is able to build fluidly on skills and knowledge towards an end goal at which point students are fully informed of their options for the future.

Assessment clearly outlines student gaps in learning and it is with this knowledge that the curriculum reflects these gaps in student knowledge and skills and thereby responds to the school’s local context. The curriculum also addresses the needs of our autistic learners and seeks to eradicate barriers to their learning that are heavily affected by the triad of impairments and apparent social, communication and flexibility of thought difficulties. The curriculum map given to both leaders and teachers clearly outlines the difficulties for someone with autism can be overcome and offers suggestions for how to teach relevant topics. This is imperative that students with autism are able to access the same curriculum offer as their neuro-typical peers and not be disadvantaged in any way.

There are high expectations set at Rowan High School within our CEIAG curriculum and it is expected that our students achieve to the very best of their ability and work on programmes of study that lend themselves to a wealth of relevant and beneficial accredited qualifications. The accreditation pathways on offer are chosen specifically with the pupil voice in mind so that students are studying a topic that it is believed offers them a catalyst on their chosen career pathway. On leaving Rowan High School it is our hope and intention that students are fully equipped to contribute to the world of work and society and that they have a host of relevant qualifications to this effect. Students should be confident in their strengths and be prepared to continue working on their areas of development so that they can achieve their overall ambitions and be successful members of today’s society in whatever capacity they are able.

Implementation

At Rowan High School we consider the way that the curriculum is developed and adopted by the school and the way that it is taught and assessed in order to best support pupils to build their knowledge and to apply that knowledge as skills. It is with this in mind that the curriculum is shaped and implemented. The CEIAG curriculum has been structured in such a way that students are able to build upon skills and knowledge already acquired and can then work towards clearly defined end goals. The use of assessment is clear in its purpose to inform teacher delivery and planning and ensure that students embed and use knowledge fluently and have a developed understanding across a range of contexts.

The CEIAG curriculum provides the students at Rowan High with meaningful opportunities tailored to meet their individual needs focusing on the 8 Gatsby benchmarks and inclusive of the following:

  • Industry visits
  • Employer / Employee encounters
  • Mock interviews and CV writing
  • Skill for work education with specific emphasis on career pathways
  • Development of functional skill and its links with industry
  • Volunteering
  • Enterprise activities

Impact

At Rowan High School we consider impact to reflect what our students have learnt. The CEIAG curriculum is a well-constructed and well-taught curriculum that has clearly defined end goals for each student that they are able to achieve through high quality teaching and assessment. Our students have a diagnosis of autism and some (approx. 20%) have a dual diagnosis of autism and ADHD. The curriculum is evaluated and monitored continuously to ensure that the needs of these students are being met and that they have access to resources that will enable them to acquire the knowledge and cultural capital that they need to succeed in later life.

National assessments and examinations in Key Stage 4 will quantify exactly what students have achieved and this data will be representative of a curriculum that was enriched and well-balanced and structured. Students will leave Rowan High with relevant qualifications and accreditations via the CEIAG curriculum that will enable them to pursue careers of interest to them.

At Rowan High School the impact is measured as to whether students are ready for the next steps in their academic or employment career and whether they have the skills necessary to access these next steps whether it be college, employment or supported living. Students at Rowan High School have ambition to move on to appropriate, high-quality destinations and our CEIAG curriculum is reflective of this and endeavours to build on vital skills from an early age through a progressive curriculum. 

Students thus far, have been successful at gaining a range of accreditations and qualifications that will enable them to move confidently forward towards their chosen career pathways. Each student has a portfolio of achievement in which they can display their success and the steps they have taken toward their chosen career.

Curriculum Overview at Key Stage 3 and 4

Year 7, 8 and 9

The curriculum in Key Stage 3 involves inclusive trips and visits into the community which are linked to specific areas of the curriculum. Visitors and volunteers also come into school to provide valid encounters with the students during discrete lessons. Students in Key Stage 3 take part in enterprise activities and are also afforded the opportunity to take part in work experience placements on the school site. Through the KS3 curriculum for careers students are encouraged and given the time and opportunity to develop early employability skills.

Year 10 and 11.

At Key Stage 4 Careers is delivered through discrete lessons. The Curriculum covers a range of topics and is accredited through the Employ ability Level 1/2 ASDAN Qualification.

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