Designated Provision

Subject: Designated Provision

 Curriculum Leader:  (Lead Teacher- Sandra Parker)

 Year 7 and 8

In year 7, students undertake approximately 2/3 of timetabled lessons within the Personalised Learning Centre, which is part of the Orchard Centre. The subjects studied currently include English, Mathematics, ICT, Social skills, Speech and Language and skills/AQA lessons. Students attend mainstream lessons for PE and Learning for Life and once in year 8 design technology. Music, Drama and Science are also taught as a provision class. The AQA unit awards encompass life skills such as basic kitchen hygiene, shopping skills and some food technology. Social skills and Speech and Language lessons promote communication skills, in which pupils follow a structured scheme covering topics such as ‘All about me’, ‘body language,’ ‘the way we talk,’ ‘conversation skills’ and ‘assertiveness.’

Year  9

In years  9 most pupils have gained more confidence and as well as accessing the curriculum as stated for year 7 and 8 , will also attend their GCSE option lessons if taken. Year 9 are also currently accessing a humanities course. AQA unit awards will encompass skills such as shopping, reading bus timetables and getting a bus into town with support.


We aim that by KS4 pupils will have gained enough confidence and knowledge to attend mainstream GCSE classes for both core and option subjects. They will have a variety of option subjects to select from. Alternative courses such as Entry Level Certificate courses are also available as an alternative to GCSE.

We aim to provide support and challenge for all of our pupils and promote respect and acceptance. Pupils are always treated as individuals; therefore some may have adapted timetables or reduced examination subjects.

The PLC consists of two classrooms which provide a purposeful learning environment incorporating a quiet library area. Teaching is multisensory in order to promote engagement and progress by accessing a variety of learning styles.


ASDAN CoPE – Certificate of Personal Effectiveness

The Certificate of Personal Effectiveness is a nationally recognised qualification outcome of the ASDAN programmes. The qualifications offer imaginative ways of accrediting young people’s activities. They promote a wide range of personal qualities, abilities and achievements of young people, as well as introducing them to new activities and challenges.

Who is CoPE for?

ï        Students in Years 10 and 11 within the option system.

ï        “High effort” student’s or those described as Gifted and Talented in Key Stage 3.

ï        Students in Post-16 education, embarking on programmes at Levels 1 and 2.

ï        Pupils who lack confidence and self-esteem.

The Entry Level Diplomas in Life Skills sit within Foundation Learning and are aimed at learners pre- and post-16 years, working at Entry level 1, 2 or 3.

Candidates who have achieved equivalent units from ASDAN’s Personal Progress, PSD and/or Employability qualifications at Entry level can have these credited towards the Diplomas in Life Skills.


The CoPE comprises of 12 modules, each of which is divided into three sections. Each section should take 10 hours, which is worth one credit. Students will need 12 credits to gain the Certificate of Personal Effectiveness. For CoPE Level 1, challenges can come from Section A, B or C; for CoPE Level 2, at least six of the credits must be chosen from the longer challenges of Sections B and C.

The module titles are:

ï        Communication

ï        Citizenship and Community

ï        Sport and Leisure

ï        Independent Living

ï        The Environment

ï        Vocational and Diploma Preparation

ï        Health and Fitness

ï        Work Related Learning and Enterprise

ï        Science and Technology

ï        International Links

ï        Expressive Arts

ï        Beliefs and Values

By building a Portfolio of Evidence as they complete various challenges, students mustdemonstrate competence at Level 1 or 2 in the following skills: Introduction to Working with OthersIntroduction to Improving own Learning and PerformanceIntroduction to Problem SolvingPlanning and Carrying out a Piece of ResearchCommunication through Discussion and Planning and Giving an Oral Presentation.


To achieve level 1 and 2 students’ portfolios will be internally moderated and then external moderation.  ASDAN will issue certificates following successful external moderation


Students build up a portfolio of evidence as they complete the various challenges and gain credit for each module finished. When they have gained enough credits, their portfolio is moderated in school then presented at a moderation meeting.


Most work will be completed in school but students may occasionally receive homework if further content/evidence is required.

Progress Routes

ASDAN is a fantastic course for giving students a good foundation in many subject areas. It offers an alternative curriculum building upon life skill, communication and personal skills.

ASDAN is relevant to many Level 1 and 2 post 16 courses and is widely accepted qualification.

  1. ASDAN is not a GCSE course.

CoPE has been allocated performance table points – Level 1 is worth 25 points which is a GCSE grade E/F and Level 2 is worth 46 points a GCSE grade B.