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Formal Pathway

The Formal Pathway includes those students working towards Entry Level 1, 2 and 3 and Level 1 in English, Maths and ICT.


The Formal English curriculum is based upon the Adult Core Curriculum and then adapted to the needs of the students.

Skills progression is mapped through Reading, Speaking and Listening and Writing.

Learning is planned to ensure that students work towards their next step on the skills progression through the themes outlined above.


The Formal Maths curriculum is guided by the new national curriculum alongside the functional skills curriculum. It is designed to ensure that learners 

  • Become fluent in the fundamentals of Mathematics and develop conceptual understanding.
  • Are able to reason mathematically and explain their thinking using mathematical language.
  • Can solve problems by applying their mathematics to relevant real-life situations and persevering in seeking solutions.

The priorities for functional numeracy include managing finances, time management and measurement with the application of number being a connecting thread across the different aspects. Financial education will also be included so that there is a developing awareness and application skills for budgeting and researching of value for money, alongside the experience of accessing financial services.


The Formal Computing (ICT due to the link with the Functional Skills curriculum) curriculum has been mapped using three main Computing strands: Computer Science, Information Technology and Digital Literacy. Objectives are mapped across the three strands, including the vital component of ESafety which is also taught in our PSHE curriculum (as outlined below). Learning is taught alongside Functional English and Maths using the themes outlined above.