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Curriculum

The rationale for our curriculum evolved from a process of collaboration with students, staff and other professionals all working towards our common goal which is to develop ‘Confident, Resilient & Independent’ young people.

Our curriculum focuses on developing 'Confident, Resilient and Independent' learners.

Learning opportunities are appropriately structured for  students throughout their Southfield journeys to enable them to  become valued members of the wider community with positive  self-worth.  They are supported to reach their full potential within a gradient of  independence, confidence and resilience so that Southfield students have the ability to face the challenges of adult life.  The curriculum is broken down into four distinct phases across the age range.  Read on or use the links below and to the right to read about the different age ranges. 

Each age range has it's own Curriculum Booklet which you can download at the bottom of each respective page:

This model is followed by the vast majority of students, however, our experiential students follow their own bespoke curriculum offer.  

Our curriculum enables all students to have learning, topics and provision delivered to them in an environment that is supportive and appropriate to their needs.  All students have access to sports, swimming, dance, music and cooking at their own level in small groups or individual sessions where it is appropriate.  

Read in more detail about the offer for different age groups as well as our experiential curriculum by clicking on the options in the menu on the right of this page.  If you have any questions about the curriculum your child is following, please contact their class teacher in the first instance.  


In our last Ofsted inspection, inspectors reported that the curriculum is "broad and balanced."

"It is well matched to the needs of the different groups of students. There is a strong focus on developing communication through speech, sign, symbols, photographs, objects of reference and technological aids as appropriate to individual needs.  Literacy and numeracy skills are used in real-life situations so that students better understand the purpose of the skills they are learning for use in modern Britain."