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Sheiling School Curriculum and Assessment

Sheiling School Curriculum


Our adapted curriculum is broad and balanced and includes all the subjects found on the national curriculum, including English, Maths, science, PSHE, ICT, art and P.E. The curriculum is underpinned by Steiner Waldorf principles and is based on the stages and milestones of child development.


A tailored curriculum allows students to learn through the things that interest and intrigue them. Students are empowered to develop confidence, skills and independence but also their own sense of self, which is respected and prized, no matter their level of ability or



For our over 16 year old students, the curriculum teaches functional, vocational and community based skills and where appropriate work experience opportunities.  Our core curriculum is enriched with sensory inputs and various social and cultural activities. The school community hosts concerts, plays and other performances throughout the year, along with celebrating various festivals and events. These provide additional opportunities for students to improve their confidence and social skills an provide a predictable rhythm and routine to their time at school.


To read Sheiling School's Programme Overview click here 

School Assessment  


Academic achievement is important for our pupils, especially in the context of a rounded holistic development. Physical, intellectual and emotional wellbeing are of equal importance in enabling the pupils to develop into confident individuals, in-line with our aims as a school. Every pupil has an individual education plan (IEP) where we can monitor and comment on emotional gains.


Assessment in the Lower school is based on measuring the progress in the core areas of reading, writing and numeracy. This is measured using P-levels for pupils working towards National Curriculum level 1. NC levels are used for the 30% of pupils working at NC level 1 or higher. Progress is measured using the B-Squared Connecting Steps Assessment Tool and we are looking to expand our assessments beyond the core areas into subjects such as Art and PSHE. This year we will be using the CASPA Comparison and Analysis of Special Pupil Attainment tool so we can view the progress of our pupils against their peers nationally.


To read Sheiling School's End of Year Academic Data click here