Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

Exceptional Education at the Heart of the Community

The Oak Provision


The aim of the Oak is to provide high quality education and that the routes into and out of the oak work in the best interests of children. We will do this by working collaboratively with mainstream school, SEND and therapeutic interventions to build a strong evidence that progress is being delivered. This progress will be around well being, health, academic and social capabilities and enable students to reintegrate to mainstream education, with a clear support package or gain qualifications and have choices about what they do next.

The Oak

The Oak curriculum supports pupils who have barriers to learning.  Pupils need a short or long term specialist placement, although a few students may access main site lessons for options.  The curriculum is delivered through a blended approach of 1:1 teaching, on-site group teaching, work placements  and/or online learning.  Lesson delivery is through subject teaching at Key Stage  3 and 4.  The taught curriculum is derived directly from the National Curriculum for Key Stage  3 or 4 and aligns with on-site curriculum delivery to ensure pupils are able to join larger groups if/when they are ready in order to complement their existing offer.  Placement length and level of weekly support is varied and dependant on presenting pupil need.  The initial curriculum offer is therefore focused on ensuring pupils access core subject teaching within English, maths and science as well as sessions within PSHE.  Weekly opportunities for Physical Education are also incorporated into the weekly offer.  Depending on key stage, curriculum objectives may be taught concentrically or sequentially across subjects.  Both methods of curriculum delivery have been carefully mapped out by subject teachers and ensure pupils have opportunities to revisit and embed learning.  Subject programmes of study span from Year 7 to Year 11 and teaching is responsive to the age/stage of the pupil when he/she arrives within the Bridge.

The Oak believe:

  • An aspirational vision for each child that is underpinned by a belief that all children and young people can successfully access learning.
  • A commitment to developing positive attitudes towards learning with all pupils.
  • A clear and progressive curriculum offer which outlines key skills and experiences.
  • A regular and clear review process to ensure the curriculum offer remains aspirational and appropriate to current presenting need.
  • Use of Individual Learning Plans to support clear links between teaching strategies and pupils presenting needs (including those linked to an EHCP).
  • An effective assessment system which supports teachers with identifying and filling gaps in understanding.

 Minimum Curriculum Expectations:

  • Weekly face-to-face teaching which includes access to: English, maths and science – PSHE and physical education
  • Blended learning offer that is supported by online learning and outreach support.
  • Access to at least 2 hours of Physical Education each week.
  • Opportunity to access vocational learning (if appropriate).
  • Opportunity to access off-site activities (if appropriate).