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Semi-Formal Pathway

The Semi-Formal Pathway focuses on developing skills and applying them functionally.


The Semi-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. When following the semi-formal pathway, student continue to focus on communication and also begin to learn through more formal programmes such as Read Write Inc. Fresh Start.


The Semi formal Maths curriculum is also based on the Adult Core Curriculum, this has been used as a basis to individualised the curriculum for specific students. Skills are mapped across Number, space shape and Measure as well as using and applying. The skills are taught and assessed using functional and real-life aspects of learning in order to prepare pupils for when they are ready to leave full time education. In addition, work is supported by a variety of intervention programs such as the NCTEM Spines to support any gaps in learning.


The Semi-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.