Welcome to the Gates Department
In Gates Department we follow a Primary teaching model. Lessons are very structured and follow a TEACCH ethos.
Class sizes are small with a high teacher to pupil ratio, enabling individual programmes to be devised to meet the needs of each pupil. Personal, as well as academic skills are encouraged.
The National Curriculum is taught which offers an all-inclusive, broad and balanced curriculum, which can be easily modified to meet the needs of each individual young person.
The study of these subjects will allow our students to take responsibility for themselves, others and their environment and to understand their place within it.
We aim to give our pupils the opportunity to develop confidence, self-esteem, foster positive attitudes and develop moral and spiritual awareness.
We ensure that the students have numerous opportunities to experience the fundamental British Values of:-
Democracy- opportunities to have voices heard through Leadership and Teaching and Learning groups, choices within the school day.
Rule of law- class rules, community visits, PSHE, BRMPs.
Individual liberty- social and emotional learning, interaction, PSHE, encouraged to make choices in a safe and supportive environment.
Mutual respect- community visits, People’s Code, PSHE
Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs- community visits, assemblies, RE visits to places of worship, festival days.
Willow Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 curriculum is adapted and differentiated to take account of each pupil’s very different learning styles.
Willow Key Stage 4
The Key Stage 4 curriculum is delivered through EQUALS Moving On scheme of work, EQUALS Maths, EQUALS English, EL Maths and EL English.
A Semi-Formal Curriculum from EQUALS is followed in Hickman House.
The Semi-formal curriculum recognises that many of our students have a range of complex learning difficulties and continues to develop skills that are purposeful and beneficial to our students. It is an approach based on the student further improving their communicative and reasoning ability, as well as continuing to develop further their skills and learn new ones.
Sensory group have access to a range of Sensory activities in English developing basic skills also build on Speech and Language targets within SALT programmes. Opportunities to formalise communication methods including the use of symbols, PECS, Makaton and communication aids. Daily Intensive Interaction sessions are delivered on a daily basis.
Students access different activities based on books (stories, poems complete display of writing work), other contents from newspapers, leaflets etc, ICT Students follow literacy content that is appropriate to each student’s level where possible with differentiated work sheets.
The Sensory Group to complete activities combining listening, speaking, reading (PECs, Makaton) within a range of multi-sensory techniques.
Students access Maths as visual and practical sessions for students on lower levels within the White Rose Scheme linked to the National Curriculum working within Y1. The Sensory group access Maths through Sensory input and structured activities