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When students enter into Key Stage 5 we aim to teach them literacy and mathematical skills that are embedded within life skills. These life skills will enable them to work and live either independently or supported within their community.


English and Maths Functional Skills – OCR

Pupils start KS5 having achieved Entry Level Qualifications at Key Stage 4, or are on the cusp of achieving Entry Level Qualifications, will follow the OCR Functional Skills at Entry Level 1, 2 and 3 as well for some progressing to Functional Skills Level 1.

Year A and Year B will focus on delivering a curriculum that concentrates literacy and mathematical skills. Year C will embed this knowledge and transfer this into a life skills curriculum. Life Skills are designed to help students to learn and develop in a way that suits their needs and build confidence and self-esteem, behaviours that play a pivotal role in shaping an individual’s future beyond Mill Ford School.


English and Maths AQA Accreditation

Pupils who have achieved unit awards at the end of KS4 will work towards accreditation through AQA in Literacy and Mathematical skills.


English and Maths ASDAN Accreditation

Pupils who have achieved the sensory level AQA unit awards will work towards accreditation through ASDAN in Literacy and Mathematical skills.


All pupils will leave Mill Ford with accreditation in ASDAN, AQA or OCR in literacy and mathematical skills and/ or AQA and OCR qualifications.


Careers Education

 All pupils follow a relevant careers programme which will be relevant to their cognitive level.


For pupils working between P1ii-P3ii this will concentrate on their occupation and developing their choices post school.   


Pupils working on achieving unit awards this will focus on practical work based skills and internal work placements, ensuring they leave school able to do as much for themselves as they can. 


Pupils working on achieving Entry Level Qualifications will have the opportunity to complete work based learning programmes. 


Pupils working above P3ii will also be given the opportunity to take part in link courses with the local college to prepare them for the next stage of their learning. These pupils are also give the opportunity to visit careers fairs and lessons related to the labour market.  


To ensure all pupils have access to independent careers advice we work closely with the CSW Group who give them guidance on future opportunities.


Non - Core subjects and ICT for pupils at P Level 4 and below


All pupils working at P levels 2ii to P3ii will achieved ASDAN accreditation. 

Pupils who have achieved unit awards will achieve AQA accreditation in PE, Sensory Environment, Communication, Creativity- such as dance, music and cookery- and ICT.

These will be taught across years 1-3.

Non Core subjects for pupils working at Entry Level 1 to up to Functional Skills Level 1

All pupils working at Entry level 1 to Functional Skills Level 1. Will gain accreditation for Functional Skills in Home Management, Work Experience, Town Skills, and ICT. These will be differentiated to meet the needs of the student.

Furthermore they will have opportunities to achieve AQA accreditation in PE and Creativity- such as dance, music and cookery

These will be taught across years 1-3.


SMCC Education

All students will take part in the minimum of 1 Cultural day per term during which time they will learn about a cultural issue or event and take part in a range of activities (dance, drama, writing, cooking, visits, visitors) related to the topic.  This is as well as daily cross-curricular links.  These activities and an awareness of current social, political and cultural issues support these students to develop their awareness of British values and laws.  An acceptance of different cultures and will enable them to become responsible British Citizens and live responsibly as adults with widened knowledge and social awareness.