Sixth Form Curriculum at Linden Lodge School

Within the Sixth Form a highly ambitious curriculum has been created that will enable learners to be prepared for adulthood.  The Preparation for Adulthood curriculum provides students with the opportunity to further develop the knowledge and skills that they will need to be successful in their adult lives.  The curriculum is carefully planned to ensure that meaningful activities build upon prior knowledge and skills.  Learners are taught how to apply knowledge and skills with greater fluency and independence; thus equipping them with the toolkit to succeed with.


Curriculum overview

Sixth Form Curriculum has been designed to enable young people to successfully move into adulthood.  Its aim is to provide Sixth Form students with meaningful and highly individualised learning experiences that will equip them with the skills needed to continue to be life-long learners.  The curriculum has been created to ensure that Linden Lodge’s sensory specialism is embedded within the learning that takes place throughout the whole curriculum.  

The curriculum is ambitious and takes a highly personalised approach to learning.  The curriculum is created for each individual learner, it is never expected that a student will ‘fit’ a curriculum.

Curriculum is based upon four key principles:

  • Independence Skills: Daily living skills, functional skills, Personal and self -help skills
  • Meaningful Learning Activities: Vocational learning, Accreditation and Qualifications, Careers guidance and work experience, Creative and Therapeutic activities
  • Preparation for Adulthood Skills: Social and Communication skills, Independent Living Skills
  • Opportunities to continue Life Long Learning: Links with post school provisions, Transition Coordinator and events, Post 19 community facilities, Strong links to British Values


Pre Formal Curriculum

For learners with Profound and Multiple Difficulties (PMLD)

Pupils at very early levels of development access a curriculum which is comprehensible and meaningful to them. The focus is help students to further develop life skills, to enable them to establish positive interactive relationships with others, to proactively explore the world around them, gaining environmental control skills. All pupils will be given maximum opportunities to achieve the highest level of independence possible.


Semi Formal Curriculum

For learners with Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD)

Pupils following semi-formal curriculum learn best when learning is related to their own experience.   There is a strong emphasis on students learning effectively through functional activities.  An individualised approach is always adopted. The curriculum content is context based and has four focus areas: Daily Living.  Communication, Literacy and Numeracy, Social emotional development and Preparation for adulthood. The curriculum pathway is driven by individual learning intentions and aims to support the students to learn and demonstrate skills to the highest level of independence.  The teaching approach reflects the age and learning style of the pupils concerned.


Formal Curriculum

For learners with Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)

Formal curriculum allows pupils to study subject specific areas that relate broadly to the national curriculum.  Individualised timetables reflect students’ needs and interests.  Life skills and independence skills also form a large part of the curriculum. Learning is linked to practical activities and consolidated and applied in practical sessions. At the formal level pupils who pursue accreditation pathways (e.g. Entry Level/ Level 1/GCSE courses and exams) follow the appropriate syllabus in each exam subject.


Formal Plus Curriculum

For learners who aspire to gain formal qualifications

Pupils following our Formal Plus Curriculum have individualised timetables which enable them to study accreditation courses focused on their talents and interests.  Besides the academic element of their pathways they also learn life skills that will ensure that they are ready for independent or supported living in the future. All students have the opportunity to do work experience that is aimed at giving them a taste of the world of work and helping them to build up a CV for the future.