Teaching & Learning
Teaching & Learning

The curriculum at Kisharon is based on a 3 tier strategy depending on individual needs:

  1. The pre-formal stage is for pupils with profound and multiple (PMLD) learning difficulties. It is sensory, individualised and not subject based.
  2. The semi-formal stage is designed for pupils who are more cognitively able who will learn English and maths discretely and functionally in real life contexts. Many lessons are based on sensory, cross-curricular work and include creative arts, drama and music.
  3. The formal phase is more typically aligned with the National Curriculum subjects.

When new pupils join our school we assess their SEN profile to ensure that they receive an appropriate personalised learning programme based on their EHC Plan, as well as appropriate therapy intervention.

Early Years – KS1

Reception/KS1 class follows the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) curriculum. This framework supports an integrated approach to early learning, and is designed to be flexible so that staff are led by each pupil’s unique interests and needs.

The framework is based on four principles:

  • Every child is unique
  • Children learn to be strong and independent through positive relationships
  • Children learn and develop well in enabling environments
  • Children develop and learn in different ways and at different rates

Primary – KS2

At this stage we continue to challenge our pupils through a rich and relevant curriculum whilst building on previous learning experiences. This is achieved through highly motivating and personalised teaching ensuring all pupils make progress following their Education Health and Care Plan outcomes.


Young people are welcome to join our school in Year 7 if it has been decided that a smaller school with classes of a maximum of 8 pupils would be more appropriate than a mainstream setting.

At this stage the emphasis shifts to functional numeracy and literacy and life skills. A broad and balanced curriculum is provided, designed for pupils with SEND. ASDAN modules are introduced, in particular for Personal Social and Health Education (PSHE).

Some pupils will work towards accredited qualifications.