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Grounded in a thorough understanding of the normal stages and milestones of child development, four distinct strands are braided together to form the unique Practical Skills Therapeutic Curriculum of Brantwood Specialist School. Each pupil will follow a personalised pathway within a trans-disciplinary approach.
Steiner Waldorf Education
Steiner Waldorf education adopts a holistic and inclusive approach to the developing child. Rudolf Steiner emphasised the importance of achieving a balance between the three distinct ways that humans relate to the world: through thinking, through the life of the emotions and through physical activity. At Brantwood, we emphasise this threefold approach in art, painting, music and drama and by bringing all subjects to life through tangible and practical experiences. This approach complements our foundational belief that for all children, but especially for those with learning difficulties, it is vitally important to engage hands, heart and head in the educational process.
Practical Skills Therapeutic Education
Brantwood draws upon the expertise and experience of Ruskin Mill Trust in providing work related learning, vocational qualifications, social and cultural programmes and living skills, all of which are distinguishing features of the Trust's Practical Skills Therapeutic Education. Through building meaningful relationships and undertaking real-life purposeful activities, young people can gain skills and confidence both in school and within the wider community, whilst achieving a wide range of qualifications according to their interests and aptitude. Brantwood also draws upon the Trust's experience in providing excellent transition and support at ages 16 to 19, enabling students to progress and set the direction for a fulfilling life.
The National Curriculum
All Brantwood pupils and students will access the National Curriculum so that they can achieve appropriate, nationally recognised and accredited qualifications, such as GCSEs, OCNs and BTECs.