The difference is all around you at Courtlands. The children all have different needs, from ADHD,
Attachment Difficulties and speech and language delay, to moderate learning difficulties, sensory
processing needs and ASC. The adults all provide different expertise and support to the children and
each other, and the curriculum is different by design.
The main difference is within the children themselves though. Having often struggled to fit in and
feel included in their mainstream schools, at Courtlands they feel excited, welcomed and loved
which allows them to engage in their lessons and make leaps in their learning. These changes are
brought about by the focus we have on personal wellbeing and growth.
To do this the children are in small classes of 8-10 children, and are grouped by their developmental
needs rather than just their age group like at mainstream school. Each class has a class teacher and
at least two teaching assistants enabling a truly personalised approach to learning. The class staff
plan for the children to have individual intervention programmes daily, along with Maths, English
and Phonics. The rest of the curriculum is based on the philosophy that a child with good mental
health and wellbeing is better able to learn the English and Maths skills they will need to succeed in
life. Our children are taught to be resilient, have a healthy mind and body; to solve problems for
themselves and to manage their emotions and relationships in a healthy way.
Another unique aspect of the curriculum is Learning Outside the Classroom, information on which
can be found elsewhere on this site.