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Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Dame Ellen Pinsent School

Curriculum at DEP School

Our Curriculum Pathways

At Dame Ellen Pinsent school we have 3 Curriculum pathways, they are designed to meet the needs of all of our pupils across the school. 

Our younger children will start within the Seedlings pathway and either move to Woodlands or Orchard from there. Our pathways are very fluid and each year staff and professionals have discussions in order to make the right decision about which pathway each pupil will follow. 

Curriculum Pathways Overview

Our Curriculum at Dame Ellen Pinsent School is one that enables pupils to experience and develop in their own unique learning style, where children are happy; developing independence and confidence, so that they can be their very best.  With our school values underpinning all that we do, pupils learn in a diverse environment that promotes positive social skills, self-awareness, respect, empathy, choice and tolerance.

Our school follows the Ruth Miskin RWI Phonics and Reading scheme and for those children that are not ready, we use Phonics through Attention Autism.

The content and subject specific information for each pathway can be found by clicking on the individual Pathways on the left-hand side of this page.

In line with the Birmingham Curriculum Statement, we have designed our curriculum to offer our pupils the right curriculum for them, one that engages and inspires.  We are determined to offer experiences that not only allows pupils to acquire knowledge, skills and understanding, but also to ensure our pupils have every opportunity to capitalise on experiences relevant to them. Please click on the attachment below to view the Birmingham Curriculum Statement.

British Values:

Why teach British Values ? 

  • to enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and self-confidence 

  • to enable students to distinguish right from wrong and to respect the civil and criminal law of England 

  • to encourage students to accept responsibility for their behaviour, show initiative, and to understand how they can contribute positively to the lives of those living and working in the locality of the school and to society more widely 

  • to enable students to acquire a broad general knowledge of and respect for public institutions and services in England 

  • to further tolerance and harmony between different cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire an appreciation for and respect for their own and other cultures 

  • to encourage respect for other people, and 

  • to encourage respect for democracy and support for participation in the democratic processes, including respect for the basis on which the law is made and applied in England. 

At Dame Ellen these values are embedded in all our practice throughout the entire curriculum. Our Topic Curriculum provides many opportunities for British Values to be promoted with the children.  In addition British Values form a key part of our Personal, Health and Social Education and RE Curriculum.