A bespoke curriculum is designed when a pupil’s social, academic or behavioural needs require an adjustment to his/her timetable. The school, together with the student and their parent/carer construct a timetable that suits the requirements for the pupil. The aim is to ensure maximum outcome, both in terms of academic results as well as in wellbeing. Examples of a bespoke curriculum could be increased literacy and numeracy time in key stage three and four or accessing a work placement in Year 11. The ethos of the bespoke curriculum is to ensure maximum engagement in school life to produce excellent outcomes.
The bespoke curriculum is a flexible programme with some children taught as a discrete group by specialist teachers, while other students will join strategically chosen mainstream classes where their skills and motivation results in successful outcomes. All the students receive wrap-around support from 8:30am-3:05pm and sometimes beyond the school day.
The bespoke curriculum has a high staff-pupil ratio; we currently have 1 HLTA and 3 LSAs as well as a network of wellbeing staff working to support these pupils in all aspects of school life. We have close links with parents, who join us on a half-termly basis for a coffee morning. Pupils run a car wash and the Rhys-Cycle bicycle shop which serves the pupils, the school and the local community.
Impact of the Bespoke Curriculum
Our highly successful Bespoke Curriculum has led to excellent outcomes in both Key Stage 3 and 4. We currently have 54 pupils in both Key Stage 3 and 4 who benefit from individualised curriculum to support their learning needs.
In the coming academic year, Pontypridd High School has the following priorities for Bespoke Curriculum provision:
- To adapt systems and procedures to comply with the needs of learners, particularly those with SEBD
- To further refine the provision and curriculum programmes to improve the progress, attainment and therefore educational outcomes of the students additional learning needs.