KS4 Curriculum

Key Stage 4

New Dawn School encourages pupils to achieve Level 2 outcomes in order to open a variety of pathways for their future.

Pupils will study:

  • Functional Skills – Level 1 – 2: Literacy
  • Functional Skills – Level 1 – 2: Numeracy
  • Functional Skills – Level 1 – 2: ICT
  • Careers Information, Advice & Guidance and Religious Education
  • Sports
  • Personal Social Health and Economic Education

In order to allow pupils to access qualifications in subjects previously studied in their mainstream school (but not offered at New Dawn School), some pupils may be disapplied from some subjects in order to undertake supervised independent study.

There is a strong focus on Functional Skills in English and Maths as we know our local providers either require this for post-16 destinations or will offer this as part of the course for those who do not achieve the required GCSE grades. Early entry for these exams has a positive impact on self-esteem and builds confidence that extends to GCSEs.

We will draw on knowledge to identify strategies to support pupils in accessing all areas of the curriculum. Individual learning styles are addressed, further assisting in over-coming barriers once faced in a mainstream setting.