Curriculum for Primary Learners
The ALP Midlands primary curriculum is tailored around the needs of our pupils. Although this is in line with the national curriculum framework, we differentiate this to ensure it is as accessible and meaningful as possible. As you would expect, there is a strong focus on English and mathematics, however, we also place importance upon PSHE, particularly social and life skills.
‘We operate a three-year, rolling thematic curriculum, with a new topic each half term. This provides our pupils with knowledge across a wide range of themes, such as, ‘Spring Time’, ‘Water’ and ‘Myself’.’ This curriculum enables pupils at different ages and abilities to work alongside each other and learn together, promoting social skills and positive communication. Our thematic curriculum is designed specifically with the needs of our pupils in mind and is flexible enough to be accessed by children of all abilities. It includes a wide variety of practical lessons in science, computing, PSHE, art, design and technology, physical education, music, history and geography, and is underpinned by English and mathematics throughout. There are specific learning goals within each subject. We believe that educational visits and practical learning are invaluable to our pupils and therefore provide these opportunities as much as possible.
At ALP we understand the diverse and ever changing needs of our pupils and are therefore prepared to differentiate the curriculum to suit each individual pupil. Our skilled tutors work in collaboration with the senior management team to ensure that each pupil is receiving the most relevant foundation of essential knowledge and skills, enabling them to grow into well-educated citizens.
Curriculum for Secondary Learners
Our secondary learners are based at ALP Watermead, on the campus of Longslade Community College. Here we offer bespoke courses to suit the individual’s needs. Our curriculum is based around a model of foundation learning which ensures that all of our students have an element of functional skills, vocational learning and personal and social development within their timetables.
These are essential skills needed for English, Maths and ICT, vital for young people and adults to participate in life, learning and work.
Functional skills feature in most educational and training choices. They are an essential, compulsory element in two main qualification routes for young people from 14 to 24, in apprenticeships and in the foundation learning tier, as well as being stand-alone qualifications in their own right at entry level, level 1 and level 2.
The development of functional skills is seen by the Government as essential to address employers’ concerns that young people and adults are not achieving a firm enough grounding in the basics. At ALP Leicester we recognise that functional skills strengthen and bring consistency to learning routes.
Vocational learning is used to train people towards a particular trade or craft. In partnership with the Melton Learning Hub, ALP Leicester has created it’s very own vocational learning centre known as the Bungalow. Here we have a kitchen, beauty salon, garden area and gymnasium which provides learners with opportunities to achieve vocational qualifications or have taster sessions in their desired career options.
Alongside this we have developed working relationships with local organisations who deliver vocational training in order for us to be flexible to the wishes of the individual. This has included but is not limited to outdoor pursuits, climbing, construction, equine studies, fishing, animal care, mechanics and arts and crafts.
ALP Leicester is an approved NCFE and Asdan centre which allows us to ensure that our learners 14 and above work towards accredited qualifications in their vocational choices.
Personal and Social Development
Our focus on Personal and Social Development (PSD) means we come up with imaginative ways of supporting young people in:
- Becoming confident individuals who are physically, emotionally and socially healthy
- Being responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society and embrace change
- Managing risk together with their own wellbeing as well as introducing them to new activities and personal challenges.
Our personal and social development can lead to young people receiving recognised accreditation at various key stages:
- Stepping Stones – A skills development and PSHE/Citizenship programme aimed at learners aged 7-12.
- Key Steps – Encourages students aged between 10 and 14 to develop their personal skills and take responsibility for their own learning through engagement in citizenship based challenges.
- Short Courses – Provide a range of flexible programmes to accredit young people’s activities when aged between 13 and 19.
- Bronze/Silver/Gold Personal Development Programmes – Provide challenges over 13 modules of topics such as sport, the community, technology and healthy living.