We believe that preparation for adulthood is a theme to develop right through the school from our youngest learners to those about to leave at the end of their school career.  Throughout the EYFS curriculum we continually teach and develop our learning value Independence to ensure our students will be fully ready for adult life.

Preparing for Adulthood

Preparing for Adulthood and developing key life skills are a key part of the curriculum for all Highfield pupils.  These skills are embedded within each of our pathways and taught at the most appropriate level for the learner.  This is the basis for our work related learning strategy and as our strap line states it prepares learners for the next step in education, life or work - whatever is appropriate for them.

Careful and highly individualised curriculum planning across the school is related to students EHCP Outcomes and a bespoke curriculum framework.  Many of these objectives run throughout the Green pathway curriculum.  It aims to give all pupils the opportunity to experience and learn to prepare for real life situations, such as shopping, crossing the road, meal planning, writing a letter and posting it, or even growing and eating their own food. Take a look at our strategy and how we incorporate this into our curriculum here.

EYFS Orange Pathway End Points and Transition

Outcomes for learners in the EYFS pathway vary according to the individual progress they make in their time at Highfield through the curriculum frameworks and against their EHCP outcomes.  However all students are entitled to leave with qualifications in at least Maths, English, communication and one other curriculum area.  In the green pathway we use ASDAN Life Skills Challenges as the qualifications base.  Students also have recognition of achievements through the AQA Unit Award Scheme.

Learners in the EYFS Orange pathway are likely to stay on Highfield roll until the end of the year they are 19, unless there is an alternative placement that would suit the individual's needs better than continuation at Highfield.  Some students who transition from Early Years on to the Yellow pathway may leave to pursue a college course tailored for learners with additional needs. Once students have become sufficiently independent and developed their learning behaviours in the EYFS teachers will use their assessments to transition learners on to the most appropriate pathway to meet their needs.