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Curriculum Adaptations and Pedagogy

Curriculum Adaptations and Pedagogy Overview

The curriculum adaptations and pedagogy at Hollinwood Academy is centered around meeting the unique needs and abilities of every learner, ensuring equal opportunities for academic, personal, and social development. The primary goals include:

1. Inclusivity: Adapt the curriculum to ensure that all learners have access to quality education, regardless of their individual needs.

2. Adaptive Teaching: Provide personalised learning experiences that cater to the diverse abilities, interests, and learning styles of the children and young people.

3. Progression: Foster a holistic and sequential approach to learning, allowing children and young people to build on their prior knowledge, skills, and understanding from their identified starting points.

4. Empowerment: Develop independent learners who are equipped with the skills, resilience, and self-confidence required to succeed academically and, in their future lives.

Impact of effective Curriculum Adaptations and Pedagogy

The impact of Hollinwood Academy’s outstanding approach to curriculum adaptations and pedagogy is evidenced as follows:

Progress and Attainment: Hollinwood Academy regular assesses the personalised EHCP step targets on Evidence for Learning (EFL) on a regular basis, this progress is tracked termly for all learners across the school. Children and young people make excellent progress in their learning, they achieve well in both core subjects and a broad range of foundation subjects. Children and young people are well-prepared for the next stages of their education, training, or employment. This is evidenced on the summative assessments on Arbor, the formative assessments on EFL, and the moving on reports.

Independence and Well-being: Children and young people’s confidence, self-esteem, and independence, equipping them with the necessary skills to thrive in an inclusive society is captured through the AET framework, specialist support team interventions, outdoor education curriculum, the RSE and HRE curriculum, student voice, student council, anti-bullying ambassadors and the EHCP step targets.

Engagement and Enjoyment: At Hollinwood Academy we foster a love of learning by providing stimulating, engaging, and relevant learning experiences that promote active involvement and enjoyment. This is evidenced in learning walks, lesson observations, learning scrutiny, EFL, annual reviews, parent and carer voice, and student voice.

Inclusion and Equity: Children and young people at Hollinwood Academy feel valued, respected, and included in all aspects of school life. They experience a positive and nurturing environment that supports their well-being and sense of belonging as well as benefiting from high-quality provision and support that addresses their specific needs.

By focusing on these impact areas and using a range of quantitative and qualitative data, it is possible to evidence the effectiveness of the curriculum adaptations and pedagogical approach employed at Hollinwood Academy.

Examples of Curriculum Adaptations and Pedagogy used at Hollinwood Academy

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Wider curriculum and celebrations

TD Snap Training for Parents and Carers - Spring 2024

Hollinwood Academy welcomed parents and carers to the annual TD Snap training session. The session focused on familarisation with the TD Snap app and how to create bespoke pages for their children at home.

Hollinwood Academy is an advocate for the total communication approach, as part of this we use Sign Along across the school. Signalong is a key word sign-supported communication system based on British sign language and is used in spoken word order. It uses speech, sign, body language, facial expression and voice tone to reference the link between sign and word.