Uplands School

Uplands School
A Vibrant and Caring Community Where Learning for Life is Fun
Life at Uplands School Life at Uplands School Life at Uplands School Life at Uplands School Life at Uplands School Life at Uplands School
Uplands School Uplands School

Curriculum Overview

At Uplands school we are committed to providing a curriculum which encompasses our core learning values of independence and interdependence where learning for life is fun. With a focus on communication, our curriculum is unique and flexible; retaining the statutory elements of the National Curriculum (with the exception of modern foreign languages) whilst designed to maximise student engagement and progress. Our curriculum is tailored to meet the needs of the individual, ensure equality and through effective transition to prepare students for all aspects of adult life in a multi-cultural society.

Our curriculum is enhanced by exceptional care, support and guidance delivered in a safe and nurturing community.


At Uplands we feel that the actual provision all students receive should take into consideration the individual learning needs of the student.

Each student has an individual progression file which clearly evidences starting points and progress made. The statement of Special Education Needs informs the IEP- targets from this are agreed in consultation with students, parents, school staff and appropriate other professionals.

Students are taught in needs led provision groups by their class teacher for the majority of the subject areas with specialist teacher input where appropriate. The needs led provision areas are: SLD (Severe Learning Difficulties), ASD (Autistic Spectrum Disorder)/ Complex, and PMLD (Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties).The time allocation given to each curriculum area is determined by the needs of the individual provision, for example PMLD classes will spend greater time supporting the physical development of students, ASD groups may focus more on developing social understanding and ability and SLD groups will afford greater time to developing key skills.

In addition, the Learning Mentoring Programme (LMP) supports a group of young adults with behaviour, social and emotional difficulties to engage with learning by providing a highly individualised curriculum supported by individual adult learning mentors.

A flexible topic based approach is taken to ensure that the curriculum content is relevant, integrated and appropriate to individual needs. The curriculum is grouped into 4 areas of learning: Key Skills, Personal & Physical Development, Creative Arts, and Knowledge & Understanding of the World.

Additional support is available, where appropriate, through Speech, Physio and Occupational Therapists. The school provides a Speech and Language Therapy Practitioner who conducts regular sessions with individual students and small groups as well as providing support in the classroom. 

Curriculum Areas

The curriculum is divided into 4 Curriculum Areas to cover all the statutory and non-statutory subjects except MFL, delivered through termly topics:

  •  Key Skills to include Literacy, Numeracy and Information & Communication Technology
  • Personal and Physical Development to include Personal, Social, Health Education (including sex education) and Citizenship (PSHCE), Transitions and Careers, Physical Education and Physiotherapy.
  • Creative Arts to include Music, Drama, Art and Design Technology
  • Knowledge and Understanding of the World to include RE, History, Geography and Science.

Curriculum Diagram

In addition the curriculum is enhanced through the use of external providers such as weekly visits to the farm, riding sessions and swimming.

At Key Stage 4 & 5 students will also undertake Work Related Learning and Independent Living Skills and prepare for external accreditation within the ASDAN Foundation Learning Programme.