All pupils at Bright Futures School have a personalised timetable to support their individual needs, which focuses on their academic as well as social and emotional development. On entry to school, all pupils are assessed on academic ability using B-squared. Pupils are taught on a 1-1, 1-2 or very small group basis depending on the activity and or pupil/grouping. The school curriculum follows a topic based /thematic approach which ensures that the 7 broad areas of learning (linguistic, mathematical, scientific, technological, human and social, physical, aesthetic and creative) are experienced throughout the academic year. Literacy and numeracy are taught to all pupils as individual subjects through daily Key Skills sessions, in addition to being addressed through other curriculum areas.
All staff plan and set out their own schemes of work, which can take account of National Curriculum materials such as Qualifications and Curriculum Authority documents or commercial schemes, adapted for use with individual pupils. The schemes of work set out the range of topics to be taught over the year and how they are incorporated into individual subjects.
The school day starts with a 30 minute Ready to Learn practical session each morning followed by Key Skills, then three formal sessions, each one being 60 minutes duration. This allows for work to take place at a steady pace, with opportunities for acquisition of knowledge and application of skills, as well taking into consideration opportunities for guiding and developmental work. There is often an emphasis on practical activities, off site if necessary, giving scope for individual progress and personalisation. All staff aim to create a positive climate for personalized learning in their sessions in order to interest and engage pupils with successful, meaningful and positive outcomes and competencies. All pupils have targets in literacy, numeracy and IT which are regularly reviewed. Pupils may work independently on these under staff supervision or using on-line study programmes which may also be accessed at home. Homework is not formally set but pupils may request work to do at home which staff will overview.
Two afternoons each week are given over to recreational activities such as swimming, badminton, dog-walking, cycling or fitness related activities using a local gym and personal trainer.
All pupils have the opportunity to acquire ASDAN awards and qualifications through participation in many varying activities. This enables all pupils to gain accreditation which is nationally recognized and appropriate to their own individual needs and interests. Pupils start with the Bronze, Silver and Gold Personal development challenge awards and progress to COPE (Certificate of Personal Effectiveness) which equates to GCSE levels.
Over the past 12 months, two more pupils have achieved the Bronze award, three have achieved Silver and one has achieved Level 2 COPE.
Further information is available at www.asdan.org.uk.
Pupils in KS4, have opportunities to engage in work experience on a weekly basis at off site placements of their own choice. In addition, staff work with pupils and external agencies including local colleges to ensure pupils are well informed and thinking about the future. There is no pressure on pupils to leave Bright Futures School before they are emotionally ready. In all cases, a transition review will set out steps in preparation for moving on and this will take place in conjunction with the pupil concerned and the appropriate agencies and services.