Key Stage 4 Curriculum

All young people admitted to Manchester Secondary PRU have been permanently excluded from mainstream schools or are at risk of exclusion/disaffection. The school aims, therefore, to balance the teaching of national Curriculum subjects with other work to support young people in their personal, social and emotional development. Many pupils referred to the Manchester Secondary PRU arrive part way through their GCSE years, our aim therefore is to work with each young person to identify their priority needs in terms of learning and social development and to provide a tailored curriculum which best meets these needs and where possible builds on their achievements from mainstream.

The KS4 curriculum:

* Is planned to take account of national, local and individual priorities;

* Provides access for pupils to a broad and balanced curriculum and all its experiences

* Promotes spiritual, moral, social and cultural, as well as both academic and physical development;

* Offers opportunities to acquire and develop key skills to equip our young people for current and future roles

* Offers the opportunity to gain accreditation matched to ability whenever appropriate and available;

* Prepares pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of adult life.

Our aim is to help young people in Manchester Secondary PRU to fulfil their potential and enable them to take appropriate exams or achieve nation accreditation.

All young people follow a personalised programme which aims to meet their individual needs. Where appropriate at Key Stage 4 they follow accredited courses in English, Maths, Science, ICT, Art and Design, Citizenship and BTEC Sport. Some students have a reduced academic offer with a greater focus on personal and social development. On initial referral to the PRU all students are expected to be able to achieve a GCSE unless their prior attainment levels suggest this is unlikely. Consequently the vast majority of the accreditation achieved is at GCSE or GCSE equivalent level. If students are unlikely or unable to achieve a full GCSE other alternatives such as Functional Skills or Entry Level qualifications are offered alongside the GCSE. The details of the range of qualifications offered are in the table below. To allow us to offer the most appropriate curriculum we have a number of in-house and commissioned Alternative Provision programmes as well as a partnership with Manchester High Schools.

For further information on the range and types of qualifications available please follow one of these links:

MSPRU Curriculum KS4 Offer

Pearson: Edexcel or BTEC Qualifications.


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