All our pupils are offered a personalised curriculum, designed to meet their unique medical/mental health needs, particular interests and demands of external qualifications such as GCSEs. The number of hours of education is not set but is dependant on the impact of the medical/mental health difficulty, and the advice from the health practitioners.
Our core teaching team are able to teach English Language and Literature, Maths, Science, ICT, Personal, Social and Health Education, Art, Careers Education and Employability, Food Technology Religious Education and Photography. We also use a selected bank of peripatetic teachers to offer subject specialism to those pupils who are too unwell to access the teaching bases, and who may live in geographically isolated areas.
You can find details of last year’s GCSE results and an analysis of our performance overall here.
Alongside core subjects, we work with other agencies to provide ‘enrichment’ in our curriculum. We have a weekly music session provided by Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust and have external visits to a variety of locations. We also use grants to bring in artists to undertake projects or use other facilities to provide activities such as pottery and poetry.
Some examples of these projects are ‘Voices of the Fire’. This was a joint project with Northamptonshire Libraries Service and gave the opportunity for a group of year 10 & 11 pupils to experience many different art forms and experiences. These included drama, contemporary dance, hip-hop, graffiti art, poetry and photography without a camera. You can see some examples of the photographs produced following our trip to London above and listen to it here:
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Summary of our Personal Development Curriculum :- Download
Voices of the fire Audio Files :-
Voices of the Fire 1
Voices of the Fire 2
Voices of the Fire 3
Guaymi Dawn Song – Pupils from across the HOE settings participated in this project. They either played an instrument or sang along to the words of this poem. All contributions were ‘layered’ to produce a final piece which was performed at the Corby Cube. You can watch and listen to it here:
‘Arts Award for music’. A group of musicians came into one of the centres to work on a project to produce a radio podcast using a variety of sounds and instruments. All of the pupils involved gained their ‘Explore Arts Award’.
You can listen to the podcast here:
Hospital and Outreach Education were delighted to be awarded the Gold Artsmark Award, one of only 20 schools in the East Midlands. The assessors said:
Your submission was commended as an authentic and thoughtful account of your Artsmark journey that evidenced careful planning, value for the arts and culture and the impact on children and young people. There is clearly a lot of high quality activity taking place, sensitively planned around the needs of each learner.
HOE are very proud to be an Artsmark setting and are looking forward to working with other settings for pupils with medical and mental health needs to ‘spread the word’.
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education
Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural Education is an important part of our teaching and themes are woven through the curriculum. Sessions include moral and ethical decision and discussion, and trips to local religious centres and fund raising activities are included in this area.
Our aims for SMSC education can be found here:
Fundamental British Values
As part of the SMSC work, and through other subjects, we are now required to teach our pupils about the four fundamental British Values which are:
- Individual liberty
- Rule of law
- Mutal Respect and the Tolerance of those with different Faiths and Beliefs
You can see the ways in which we promote these values through our curriculum from the statement here
Looking after your Mental Health
Looking after your mental health
Sometimes it can feel like you don’t have any control over what you think or how you feel. But by making simple changes to our lives, we you can make a real difference to your mental health. Feeling good is worth investing in – and the best thing is, the simple things don’t require much time or money.
If you need help, ASK SOMEONE. Here at Hospital and Outreach Education, there is always someone to talk to who will have the time to listen. Don’t be afraid – asking is the first step.
One of the best organisations to support you is Young Minds (www.youngminds.org.uk ). One of our pupils, Luke, is a Young Minds Activist works with them to produce advice and guidance that he knows will be useful. Check the activists latest work on mental health and social media here:
Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services run ‘CAMHS Live’ where you can use a chat box to talk to a qualified person about how you are feeling. You can access this here https://www.nhft.nhs.uk/camhslive
Childline is also available 24 hours a day for phone calls. 0800 1111
They also now have Childine has launched a new website called Calm Zone. It is a site with lots of good ideas about how you can manage your anxiety and is easily accessible. Pupils can sign up and talk confidentially to a counsellor online, and wrote their worries on a wall and watch them crumble away. Have a look at it and please signpost pupils to it https://www.childline.org.uk/toolbox/calm-zone/
Other Curriculum Opportunities
As well as direct teaching by teachers, HOE sometimes uses electronic learning options alongside. This allows us to offer subjects that we do not have the expertise within the team to teach, such as Modern Foreign Languages. These learning providers are all quality assured and electronic learning is never used in isolation, as nothing can replace ‘the human touch’!
We also try to offer vocational learning opportunities for some pupils. We use ‘Centurion Learning Solutions’ who provide some of our pupils with access to Design Technology, Resistant Materials and Motor Vehicle Studies. Students also access courses at Northampton / Moulton and Tresham Colleges.
Pupils with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
Our SENDCo at HOE is Becky Robinson. She is responsible for any pupils who are educated through HOE and have additional special educational needs and/or disabilities. She undertakes assessments, writes reports to inform education, health and care plans, and co-ordinates all of the access arrangements for external examinations, in association with our exams officer.