Meet the teacher who ripped up the curriculum rule book

For students with SEND, having to study for exams in maths, English and ICT can be a struggle that often ends in failure. Kate Parker meets a teacher who decided to ditch the usual subjects in favour of skills these young people might find useful as they transition to adulthood

Ripping up the curriculum rule book

Marie Greenhalgh knew she needed to make a change. Her students, who all had an Education, Health and Care Plan (EHCP), were being forced to take – and pass – functional skills in three subjects: maths, English and ICT. For the majority, she believed it simply wasn’t achievable – high anxiety and mental health issues impacted on attendance, and many struggled to keep up with the work. Any small milestones that were reached by the students had no official recognition within the curriculum they were studying. It was demoralising for all involved.

“We worked with study programmes because that ...

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