Following the expansion consultation, the Department for Education has confirmed that the expansion has been approved. Click here to read the letter to parents and carers.

Overview

At Dysart School we believe that high standards result from an emphasis on child centred, creative, cross-curricular and skills-based learning. We strive to provide a curriculum that is flexible, exciting and personalised that fits each and every one of our pupils rather than making our pupils fit the curriculum.

Our curriculum consists of three curriculum pathways; pre-formal, semi-formal and formal. These curriculum pathways support our recognition that pupils with severe and profound learning difficulties face learning challenges that can’t be supported unless they are immersed within a curriculum that demands us to provide a personalised and varied approach to our teaching in order to prepare them for life after Dysart.

The ‘Rainbow curriculum’ has a themed approach. A thematic approach ignites pupils’ motivation to learn and take ownership for their own skills and development.  It has capacity to inspire a highly personalised, broad and balanced curriculum with stimulating cross curricular links as well as support a skill based learning approach.  At Dysart, we know that it is through these themes that our learners have opportunity to make connections from one area of learning to another as well as deepen and transfer skills learnt at school to their home and local community.

Teachers plan personalised units of work in correlation to a pupils’ curriculum pathway. Learners will also have their own ‘personal development’ outcomes which will be devised from their EHCP further ensuring that all dimensions of learning are explored and developed.

We have devised our curriculum on a four yearly cycle, cross curricular approach that incorporates all mandatory subjects. This rolling plan supports a balance of stimulating contexts for learning through different learning experiences, themes and subjects.

Our Rainbow curriculum is a working, developing document, whereby planning, teaching and learning is continually evaluated, monitored and revised in light of subject monitoring.

Please see below for an illustration of our Rainbow Curriculum

The Rainbow Curriculum

 

You are rightly proud of your work around pupil wellbeing, and ensuring pupils are ready for learning.  This has enabled you to establish a calm and purposeful learning environment for pupils with considerable needs.

Ofsted 2018

Latest News

Change to funding agreement approved

We are pleased to announce the changes to the school’s funding agreement that it holds with the Department for Education (DfE) have been approved. Principal, Leigh Edser, says: “This is a very exciting time for Dysart as we can continue to …

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Dysart Opens during Easter Holiday for Pupils affected by COVID

We were pleased to be able to offer additional time in school during the first week of the Easter holiday for those pupils who were most affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, which 43 pupils were able to attend. We used …

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Easter Egg Surprise

Students at Dysart were extremely excited to each receive an Easter egg on the last day of term.  A massive thank you to Dons Local Action Group who donated the eggs. The Dons Local Action Group is a network of …

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YouTube Workshops in Understanding Stress and Behaviours

Our Wellbeing and Sound Practitioner Joanna McEwen is running a number of workshops explaining the importance of the Polyvagal Theory in understanding stress and behaviours. The first of the workshops can be found on the Dysart YouTube channel by clicking …

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