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What we do

Lemon class provides an environment and curriculum that caters for our pupils’ social, emotional and behavioural needs. Pupils join our class from a wide variety of locations. We make sure our learners and their family are at the centre of any discussions about appropriate provision. We deal with the entire person including their home, their past and their future. The experience is always nurturing and restorative. Our curriculum is always adapted to the needs of the pupil to ensure they can succeed in life.

Students are aged between 16 and 19, they all have an EHCP highlighting their Special Educational Needs which impact on their learning and development, such as Autistic Spectrum Conditions, Cri du Chat, Downs Syndrome etc.

The curriculum for Lemon class is varied and rich.  We respond to pupils’ individual requirements by actively adapting the offer for each pupil. EHCP targets are central to each pupil’s learning journey.

It is essential that our pupils develop a growth mind set, which is why we aim to expose our pupils to new and challenging experiences with the knowledge that they will always have our full support. We value the relationships that exist within our class and directly challenge anything that may harm them. Everyone in our class has a voice and the expectation it will be listened to. We continue to use the circle format to empower individuals to express their concerns and find solutions to their problems.

Our approach has improved pupil's self-confidence and awareness. It allows them to gain a better understanding of their behaviour, take responsibility for their actions and manage the consequences.

All staff are wholeheartedly committed to raising our pupils’ aspirations. Pupils have opportunities to take part in high quality work experience. This helps introduce pupils to the world of work, and layer up the skills they need to secure future employment. Where appropriate pupils have moved from work experience to supported internships and subsequent full time employment.

From day one we strive to effectively prepare our pupils for adulthood. All pupils follow our ‘learning to live’ curriculum approach.

‘Learn To Live’ focuses on the everyday occupational necessities of life, such as personal care, maintaining a healthy lifestyle, financial management, social independence and relationships to name a few. Our broad curriculum aims to incorporate aspects of a wide range of life skills within the context of our everyday lessons, for example using money and budgeting in numeracy lessons, or learning about food hygiene and healthy eating during our cooking lessons. Our pupils take part in a life skills trip out in the community where they are given the opportunity to practice the skills they have learned in ‘real life’ situations. For example, using money and public transport.

All pupils are accustomed to the following certainties where we:

  • Cultivate a restorative environment
  • Develop pupils’ independence and employability
  • Demonstrate the belief we have in our pupils
  • Motivate and engage our pupils.
  • Ensure accessible learning, recognising our pupils’ needs

We intend to:

  • Develop pupils’ independence and confidence to manage their future.
  • Provide a coherent, structured curriculum that leads to an active life where learners engage fully with their community.
  • Develop life skills and work skills.
  • Achieve qualifications appropriate for each individual.
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