Curriculum

Students are supported to make sense of the world, socially and through language and/or other methods of communication in every activity. We use and share a ‘Total Communication’ approach to support understanding alongside the SCERTS framework which enables students to optimise the way in which they access the curriculum.

Our curriculum can offer programmes at Pre–Entry Level, Entry Level and Level 1 and 2. All students will participate in highly individualised programmes that lead to greater independence in their everyday lives.

All specialist support and input, including speech and language therapy, behaviour support, physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy and mental health support is coordinated with learning and integrated into daily activities. Learners have daily opportunities to develop their communication skills and make relevant personal choices and decisions.


Functional Skills
Literacy, numeracy and ICT are embedded in everyday activities. Students are supported to plan and evaluate their own learning, using personalised workbooks (with visual prompts as necessary) to monitor and record their work and progress.


Communication
Students are supported to make sense of the world, both socially and through language and/or other methods of communication in every activity. A Speech and Language Therapist carries out formal and informal assessments to set functional and meaningful targets that can be delivered throughout our curriculum and at home.


Health and Wellbeing
Students learn in a sensory–rich environment, with resources and activities developed matched to individual needs. Staff work closely with specialist professionals and parents/carers as required, in order to ensure that each student’s needs are fully supported. There are weekly sensory enhancement sessions to promote acquisition of self-regulation strategies.


Employability
At Oakbridge we offer students opportunities to experience and gain skills in a range of vocational areas including horticulture, animal care, catering and social enterprise. Students also have the opportunity to make and sell products at the shop run by our supporting charity, Hearts of Oak.


Independence and Community Living Skills
Preparation for adulthood is the key feature of our independence programme. All students have opportunities to participate in activities related to their special abilities and interests, including shopping, money and budget skills; preparing meals and snacks; laundry skills using a launderette; personal hygiene and healthy living skills.

Our curriculum provides daily opportunities for learners to access local community facilities to promote healthy and active lifestyles. This includes swimming, trampolining, Saracens circuit training, gym and drama at Finchley Youth Theatre. As students develop their skills, we aim to introduce safe and independent travel training, to prepare them for the next stage of their learning or transition to adult life.