The Lighthouse Curriculum
“.. those in The Lighthouse make good progress and their attainment is often better than it is for similar pupils nationally. This is as a result of effective leadership and management … well-targeted support and highly skilled specialist teaching for pupils who are deaf or have complex needs.” [OFSTED, January 2014]
The majority of deaf children attend The Lighthouse for daily small group or one-to-one lessons in language acquisition, English and mathematics, all delivered by specialist teaching staff. Targets for achievement are set out in each child’s provision map and curriculum plan. We teach through a lot of first-hand experiences such as creative arts, drama, cookery and real-life experiences such as visits to a fire station or farm. We also offer a PSHE programme called ‘PATHs’ from Year 3 onwards, which is specifically designed to support deaf children’s understanding of emotions and behaviour.
In our news items you can see examples of the teaching and learning, giving you a flavour of the sorts of activities we provide to introduce new language to the children and to help them progress.
We monitor pupils’ progress through observations and regular assessment tasks, with evidence being recorded on B-Squared, an assessment tool that records progress and helps to identify children’s ‘next steps’ for learning.
“Very effective, specialised teaching in the Lighthouse and the close, individual support pupils receive in class and in small or individual groups has a very positive impact on learning.” [Ofsted, January 2014]