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What we do

Mint Class’ curriculum is geared towards developing independence and the ability to ‘Learn to Earn, Live and Love.’ This curriculum is based around functional skills learning in numeracy, literacy, ICT and employability. The primary goal in this curriculum is not for pupils to solely learn in a classroom based environment but for our pupils to develop transferrable skills, becoming more confident, independent and employable individuals with an employable skillset.

The curriculum offers opportunities for the pupils to use and develop skills in real world functional settings working towards playing a full part in society. By working alongside parents/carers and the pupil, we are able to create meaningful, aspirational EHCP targets that feed into and inform our curriculum.

Pupils work towards accreditation in Functional Skills Maths, English, ICT and an ASDAN qualification in Employability. All learning is contextual, we recognise their learning is lifelong and targets and skills need to be reinforced often on a daily basis. Alongside the accreditation, all leaners take part in work experience placements, these placements are based on their future work interests but also takes into account the need to develop social and independence skills.

Mint Class supports all aspects of the pupil’s learning, giving opportunity to develop self-help skills in all aspects of their lives. The learning is delivered in a nurturing environment that provides them with challenging experiences and learning opportunities designed to equip them with the necessary skills to aim towards independent living and future employment.

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 lives, their past and their future. The experience is always nurturing and restorative. Each approach is individual to the pupil’s needs.

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 on a daily basis and as part of class speaking and listening activities.

Our approach develops pupil's self-confidence and awareness of the community around them and their place within it. This allows them to gain a better understanding of their behaviour, take responsibility for their actions, manage the consequences, develop resilience and work towards solutions.

All staff are wholeheartedly committed to raising our pupils’ aspirations. Staff support teams work with pupils across the week to ensure they understand individual pupil’s learning needs, how to support them and have an eye to daily changes in a pupil’s life.

‘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. 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 kitchen and life skills sessions. Our leaners come from a variety of backgrounds, we recognise they may often not have the opportunities to develop self-help and care skills. The Powerhouse setting offers them this chance to support these aspects of their learning.

Our pupils take part in a life skills trips into the community where they are given the opportunity to practice and hone the skills they have learned in ‘real life’ situations.

‘Learn To Earn’ provides our pupils with realistic and practical goals in line with their vocational aspirations. We will endeavour to provide all pupils with opportunities to explore their personal interests and to discover and develop ideas about potential careers when they leave school. Throughout the year we set up links with local businesses so that our pupils can experience a wide range of vocational settings.

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

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