Mission Control

KS3 Intent

KS3 Implementation

KS3 Impact

To build on both the social and academic skills that young people need to either:

  • successfully reintegrate in to their existing or new mainstream school OR

  • prepare them for KS4 provision

  • Thematically organised learning across a broad range of curriculum subjects, with the aim of mastering transferable skills

  • Subjects act as the vehicle for the skills-based approach

  • Thematic projects (called missions) pull together subjects and skills, forming the platform for transfer of skills

  • Each mission is enriched by a 'destination', a offsite activity or visit which sets the scene for the project

  • Each mission is enriched by the study of thematically chosen literary text

Pupils thrive in our KS3 curriculum; they engage with learning and learn to enjoy being in school. They:

  • are ready to return to mainstream school, equipped with the relevant social skills and ability to regulate their behaviour OR

  • are prepared to move on to the challenges of KS4 academic study

Pupils have secured the expected numeracy and literacy skills when they reach key transition points.

Our Key Stage 3 Curriculum is separated into thematically organised projects (called missions), which run for 4 to 6 weeks. Each mission, comprises a school visit or offsite activity that introduces the background and themes of the project. Each mission is delivered through the individual subjects of the National Curriculum and pupils study a text linked to the mission's themes.

Click on a mission below to look at its objectives and learning.

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Mission Three


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Mission Four


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How we measure Progress

The aim of our KS3 curriculum is for pupils to master transferable skills. For each mission, we identify the common strands of learning across all subjects and create a skills progress tracker which interleaves the different subjects. How we use our trackers and measure progress is set out in the videos below. 

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Mission Progress