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The Fordway Centre - Curriculum Intent


                                                     Providing Chances,    Promoting Choices,    Producing Change


The Fordway Centre aims to give pupils a personalised curriculum experience that prepares them for future education and enables them to move on to either mainstream education or specialist education. Interventions take place pastorally, academically and therapeutically. A range of subjects and experiences are offered through half termly curriculum days and day trips, Pupils are supported emotional and socially during these exciting days so that they can grow in confidence.


Fordway primarily focuses mainly on barriers that prevent pupils from learning. These barriers are identified and broken down so that the pupil can access the curriculum with an engaging, exciting and empowering curriculum that provides them with essential skills for today and tomorrow.

At The Fordway Centre the curriculum is designed to: recognise children’s prior learning, provide first hand positive learning experiences, allow the children to develop interpersonal skills, build resilience and become healthy, happy productive school members that are eager to learn.

Every child is recognised as a unique individual. We celebrate and welcome differences within our diverse school community. The ability to learn is underpinned by the teaching of basic skills, knowledge, concepts and values with a vision to prepare them for life beyond the PRU. We constantly provide enrichment opportunities to engage learning. We believe that childhood should be a happy, investigative and enquiring time in our lives, where there are no limits to curiosity and there is a thirst for new experiences and knowledge. We strive to promote positive attitudes to learning and strengthen interpersonal relationships which reflect the values and skills needed to promote responsibility for learning and future success.

Children leave The Fordway Centre with a sense of belonging to a tightly knit community where they have the confidence and skills to make decisions, self-evaluate, self-regulate, make connections and become lifelong learners.





  • The Fordway Centre curriculum aims to be aspirational and is designed to give all pupils a broad and balanced curriculum that is enriching and allows pupils to be successful in life and education.
  • The curriculum is bespoke and ever-evolving so as to support each pupils’ ever-changing needs but with a clear focus on ‘filling the gaps’ and ‘building knowledge’.
  • At the Fordway Centre, we believe that all pupils have the right to an education that is ambitious and challenging, which meets their needs, so that they are supported to achieve their potential in spite of the individual reasons for referral.
  • All teachers have an excellent knowledge of the subject(s) and courses they teach. Support is given to those teaching a subject out of their specialism through networking with mainstream colleagues and external subject-specific training.
  • All teachers are committed to building trust with pupils, so as to support a ‘love of learning’ which may have been lost due to their experiences prior to referral
  • All teachers work tirelessly to pitch lessons at the right level and differentiate the subject they are teaching appropriately depending on the needs of the pupils.
  • Teachers check understanding routinely and provide feedback and opportunities for discussion in a safe and non-threatening way.
  • Teaching styles are adapted to the needs of the pupils in the class and offer opportunities to check understanding and revisit subject knowledge when needed.
  • Assessment is used effectively and allows staff to inform their planning.
  • Teaching spaces are clearly identified and not confused with areas for social time. Pupils are encouraged to focus on their learning with ‘In the right place, at the right time, doing the right thing’ as a whole school mantra.
  • Resources used are tailored to the individual’s needs and provide sufficient knowledge for pupils to succeed.
  • A whole-school approach to reading supports the curriculum encouraging pupils to expand their knowledge therefore developing their confidence to become a successful learner .
  • Pupils engage with the school and develop appropriate knowledge and skills that enable them to achieve, taking into account the demands they face out of school.
  • Pupils rediscover a ‘love of learning’ which continues after they leave The Fordway Centre.
  • Pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education.
  • Skills to manage behaviour for education enable them to progress to their next steps that are suitable for their ability.
  •  Opportunities are given to read and take part which supports their progression.
  • Pupils develop the confidence to believe that they can be successful irrespective of their past experiences.

What does your child learn at school each day?

Find information about our curriculum subjects here.

Curriculum Topics


Autumn 1:           Adventurers, Explorers and Inventors

Autumn 2:           Festivals and Celebrations


Spring 1:               Sweets and Treats

Spring 2:               Amazing Animals


Summer 1:          Myths, Legends, Heroes and Villains

Summer 2:          Journey around the World