A Broad and Balanced Curriculum

Topics at Springboard Junior are taught as discrete fortnightly modules. Through offering a regular change of subject we aim to engage pupils with emotional, behavioural and social difficulties and associated issues with attention, concentration and resistance to learning.

Most topics will involve a relevant school visit or activity to promote a keener and more enriched engagement with learning. Topics are chosen to ensure that priority learning objectives are taught to enable pupils to develop foundation and life skills and a broad general knowledge base. We operate a two year topic cycle.

In addition to this our weekly timetable includes specific support, along with our overall approach, for those with dyslexia and dyscalculia and for those with speech and language difficulties, we have an autism friendly approach offering consistency, high structure and visual support. Children work at their ability level which may or may not be their school year level to enable us to build essential skills and bridge the learning gaps that many of our students have.

We do not have an outside space, which suits the children that we support who have consistently shown that they cannot manage unstructured break times in a playground, therefore we visit our nearby play park for supported break times and use local amenities for our sports and leisure sessions including swimming and P.E. On a Friday afternoon we rotate four activities on a monthly basis, these include;

  • outdoor pursuits at Stanmer park including parachute games, nature trails and rounders
  • interactive science afternoons at museums, parks and school - circus skills with an organisation called Bandbazi
  • physical activities including wall climbing, bushcraft and archery with an organisation called Adventure Unlimited.

Most importantly, Springboard Junior staff team adopts a therapeutic approach to our vulnerable students, exploring the reasons behind student behaviour including attachment issues, early trauma and learning difficulties.

As a core staff team we work with our students 9-3pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday and 9-12 on a Thursday providing hands on direction, support and modelling for appropriate social, behaviour and learning skills.

The children have regular sessions on emotional literacy, thinking skills, social and emotional aspects of learning and social use of language and a weekly individual slot to talk and play with the Head teacher and be supported with any worries and to understand their value as individuals.

Thursday afternoons are reserved for student appointments with Camhs, social workers and health practitioners where appropriate and for students to have an opportunity for quality time with a parent/carer while siblings are at school. Springboard Junior staff team receives supervision and training on Thursday afternoons including ongoing and regular input from a child psychotherapist to support their working with vulnerable students with complex issues.