CHES Ofsted Report
CHES was Ofsted inspected in May 2015 and judged to be Outstanding in all areas, the report is available below;
Our individualised curriculum is designed to ensure that pupils’ health does not adversely affect their education. Progress is monitored carefully and targets are designed to challenge and provide opportunity for progression back into mainstream.
All students are baselined in English, Maths and Science when they join CHES. These baselines are used in conjunction with the data that is given to us by the mainstream school to ensure that work is provided at the correct level.
Reading and spelling tests are also completed on entry and a literacy support programme is put in place to support the students if required.
Learning Support Mentors work closely with teachers and visit the home to provide a range of support. This includes literacy and Numeracy support, exam practice, Dyslexia support and life skills. We also teach a compulsory Online Safety course which is a self study package with guidance from a dedicated teacher.
The Pegasus Awards are also offered to our students. These awards give students the chance to work on their academic and social development and gives them realistic targets to achieve in daily life.
More details can be found on the Pegasus website: http://www.learnandgrow.co.uk/pegasus/
KS1 and 2
Working closely with school we offer Maths, English, Science, Art and Cookery as well as supporting additional subjects if required by the school.
We use phonics schemes such as Read Write Inc, Letters and Sounds, Jolly Phonics, Oxford Owl and Nessy.
We also offer literacy support to students with low reading and spelling ages.
We offer Maths, English and Science. We also teach Art and Cookery where appropriate. As with KS2, we offer additional subjects where necessary with close communication with the school.
We also offer Literacy support to students with low reading and spelling ages.
At KS4 a GCSE package for students can include Maths, English Language, English Literature and Science. Some students also study GCSE Art or a Level 1 award in BTEC Home Cooking Skills. Our offer is through a blended use of interactive online lessons and individual support by teachers and Learning Support Mentors. Other GCSE subjects may be offered and supported by the mainstream school.
GCSE English Language
Students study AQA 8700 specification. The specification offers a skills-based approach to the study of English Language in an untiered context. Questions are designed to take students on an assessment journey through lower tariff tasks to more extended responses.
The specification offers the attraction of two equally-balanced papers, relating reading sources to the topic and theme of writing tasks. The reading sources act as stimulus for writing tasks, providing students with a clear route through each paper.
Each paper has a distinct identity to better support high quality provision and engaging teaching and learning. Paper 1, Explorations in Creative Reading and Writing, looks at how writers use narrative and descriptive techniques to engage the interest of readers. Paper 2, Writers’ Viewpoints and Perspectives, looks at how different writers present a similar topic over time.
We also complete the Spoken Language Assessment which covers the Speaking and Listening element of the GCSE.
GCSE English Literature
Students study the AQA 8702 specification. The specification takes a skills-based approach to the study of English literature that is consistent across the genres. The question papers and mark schemes allow teachers to get back to inspirational literature teaching and allow students of all abilities to achieve their best on every question.
The texts we currently study are Romeo and Juliet, An Inspector Calls, Conflict Poetry and a Christmas Carol.
We study the AQA 8300 specification. GCSE Mathematics has a Foundation tier (grades 1 – 5) and a Higher tier (grades 4 – 9). Students must take three question papers at the same tier. All question papers must be taken in the same series.
- 1 Number
- 2 Algebra
- 3 Ratio, proportion and rates of change
- 4 Geometry and measures
- 5 Probability
- 6 Statistics
GCSE Combined Science
We follow the AQA specification – 8464. There are six papers: two biology, two chemistry and two physics. Each of the papers will assess knowledge and understanding from distinct topic areas.
- 1. Cell biology
- 2. Organisation
- 3. Infection and response
- 4. Bioenergetics
- 5. Homeostasis and response
- 6. Inheritance, variation and evolution
- 7. Ecology
- 8. Atomic structure and the periodic table
- 9. Bonding, structure, and the properties of matter
- 10. Quantitative chemistry
- 11. Chemical changes
- 12. Energy changes
- 13. The rate and extent of chemical change
- 14. Organic chemistry
- 15. Chemical analysis
- 16. Chemistry of the atmosphere
- 17. Using resources
- 18. Energy
- 19. Electricity
- 20. Particle model of matter
- 21. Atomic structure
- 22. Forces
- 23. Waves
- 24. Magnetism and electromagnetism
AQA also offer single Sciences so some of our students follow the AQA 4401 specification.The specification integrates the principles of ‘How Science Works’ throughout the units and in the controlled assessment. The course helps put Biology in the context of students’ everyday lives with topics ranging from ‘Keeping healthy’ to ‘Humans and their environment’.
The specification is based on a series of topics related to the living world and relevant to students. It is designed to help them understand how Science can be used to explain the world in which they live and the impact humans have.
The timetable will depend on the pupils health needs..