Key Stage 3 Curriculum

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Offer

All young people admitted to Manchester Secondary PRU have had significant difficulties in mainstream school. Our school aims to balance the teaching of academic subjects with other work to support young people in their personal, social and emotional development.

This offer explains activity across Learning Centres for pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 and should be read in conjunction with our overarching Curriculum Intent and our Wellbeing Curriculum.

At Key Stage 3 we offer a curriculum which has been developed to harness the strengths, talents and interests of pupils whilst ensuring they do not fall behind their peers in mainstream schools. We ensure that all pupils have access to a broad and balanced offer and its experiences regardless of any protected characteristic.

As well as focusing on core subjects of English, Maths, Science and IT/Computing, all Learning Centres offer opportunities to build knowledge and understanding and to acquire and develop skills which equip our young people for the future. All centres also offer arts and crafts, PE, PSHE and enrichment. Reading is encouraged in all centres, as a vital tool for improving Literacy, but also a source of pleasure and enjoyment. Where a specific need is identified, pupils are supported through individualised intervention to address and remove barriers to learning.

Alongside academic and physical development, we aim to promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural awareness. In recognition that our pupils face real challenges in their lives and circumstances, we actively work with them to address the choices facing themselves and their communities, and ensure that our pupils experience success and pride in their achievements.

In addition, we encourage pupils to take part in a range of enrichment trips and visits, which include our partnerships with the wide range of sports, arts and cultural venues that our diverse and multi-cultural city has to offer them.

We pursue opportunities to gain accreditation matched to ability whenever possible; for example, through AQA or Arts Awards, and we prepare pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life through our involvement in MCC’s Skills for Life project.

Our curriculum seeks to offer flexibility to young people to enable them to tailor their learning to their need and aptitudes, allowing them to develop at a pace consistent with their abilities. Our aim is to help young people in MSPRU to fulfil their potential and to support them to prepare for the next steps in their education.