Curriculum Priorities

EYFS - to KS3

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Cognition and Learning
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Social, Emotional & Mental Health
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Sensory and Physical

KS3 - KS5

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Community and Friendship
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Further Education and/or Employment
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Maintaining Good Health
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Independence and Independent Living



These areas permeate throughout everything we do at Dysart.

This ensures a student’s individual priorities remain at the heart of their learning and the set the provision they require to thrive.

Ongoing and formative assessments are used to monitor students’ progress, provide constructive feedback, and personalise learning opportunities.

Curriculum Priorities


The ‘Essentials’ and PSHE are fundamental principals in our curriculum that feed through and builds throughout the pathways across the years. The ‘Essentials’ ensure that pupils have all the tools to access their learning. All pupils at Dysart will have an ‘Essentials Toolkit’ which will be co produced by everyone who knows them. The toolkits will be informed by their EHC plan and a period of inquiry (which is ongoing).  This information is to ensure that the team around each pupil has a clear understanding of who they are, their strengths, what they like/dislike how they need us to be, how they learn and how we can build on this.

Personal, Social, Health and Economic (PSHE) Education

Personal social health and economic education permeates throughout the Dysart ethos.  At Dysart our PSHE offer, equips our students with the skills and knowledge to be healthy and stay safe and at home, in school and in the wider community.

Today’s children and young people are growing up in an increasingly complex world and living their lives seamlessly on and offline. This presents many positive and exciting opportunities, but also challenges and risks. In this environment, children and young people need to know how to be safe and healthy, and how to manage their personal and social lives in a positive way.


By immersing the students within a symbolic and word rich environment we aim to enable them to develop into functional and fluent readers. At Dysart School our aim is for all students to develop a love of Literacy and to be able to communicate clearly and confidently to the best of their ability. Our core aim is to teach pupils the tools to achieve functional Literacy skills in order to access the wider world with confidence and independence.


At Dysart School the Maths curriculum is about exploring, mastering skills in counting and developing an understanding of number. Across the curriculum pathways we teach our learners the skills required to calculate, reason and solve problems. We know that problem solving is at the heart of mathematical learning and teaching for our pupils as it encourages them to develop resilience and tenacity to solve problems giving them the tools to overcome difficulties in and outside of the classroom


Writing at Dysart School is interpreted as an activity that communicates and records events, experiences, information, thoughts and feelings.  The most appropriate form of recording is selected according to the student’s physical and cognitive ability for example, using objects, picture, photographs, symbols and text, drawing, typing and ICT, working with an adult as a scribe or a combination of these.

Writing for students at Dysart School will involve a range of different activities such as:

  • Pre-writing activities / mark making.
  • Development of gross / fine motor activities to promote skill development.
  • Opportunities to see text (symbols, photos and words) being constructed.
  • Word, symbol, object, sound and letter matching.
  • Consistent and correct modelling of letter formation.
  • Use of ICT hardware (e.g. switches, microphones, keyboards) and software (e.g. clicker 8) to record information

At Dysart School we promote that the teaching of and enthusiasm for Mathematics must not be confined to Maths lessons inside of the classroom. By giving Dysart students the tools to navigate and make sense of the world around them, as well as offering solutions to problems that they will encounter in and out of school we hope to achieve a fully inclusive programme of study that allows learners to build upon their mathematical knowledge. We ensure we practise the functional element of maths inside and outside of school to enable learners with the opportunity to generalise, consolidate and master their learning outside of the classroom to develop greater independence.

Science and National Curriculum Foundation Subjects

We recognise the importance of a broad and balanced curriculum offer and for this reason we include the full National Curriculum as part of the curriculum at Dysart. The coverage for these areas is mapped on our website but there may be aspects of these areas that are not fully covered due to individual needs / circumstances which may warrant the prioritisation of other areas.