Curriculum Priorities


The Essentials provide a bespoke framework which enable staff to provide the very best support to pupils. They focus on pupils’ engagement, wellbeing, environment, communication and daily living skills. A toolkit is produced for each pupil, agreed with families, and reviewed regularly (at a minimum, annually, as part of the EHCP review process). The toolkits are used to inform and guide any changes which may be necessary for each pupil’s EHCP.

Relationships and Sex Education

Our RSE provision is carefully structured to provide each pupil with meaningful learning support across a three-tiered approach. The emphasis is very much on developing the skills to make and maintain positive and healthy relationships with others. Our RSE policy and curriculum has been written in close consultation with parents, pupils, staff, and governors and is reviewed annually.


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.