Curriculum Overview


Most of the pupils admitted to The Helix have had their education significantly interrupted in ways that have impacted negatively on their self-esteem and motivation to progress their academic, personal and social learning.

As an Education Other Than At School (EOTAS) service, our Curriculum Intent is aimed at promoting re-enjoyment in learning and to provide our pupils with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to equip them for success at the Helix or at their next school, further education or training. We achieve these goals by means of a variety of effective differentiated learning instructions and outcomes. We also aim for our post 16 pupils to enter the rapidly-changing world of work and leisure as active and confident participants and citizens.


We work to enable our pupils to bridge the gaps in the core academic subjects of English, maths, science, ICT & Computing. Additionally, we also develop our pupils’ life-skills through our Humanities subjects of Citizenship, PHSE, Physical Education and other non-core subjects such as Food Technology and a range of extra-curricular activities. Initial, Diagnostic, formative, summative and ipsative (in an education/learning context) assessments are a set of essential means utilised to support the realisation of the implementation of the Helix curriculum.


The expected impact of the choice of subjects and extra-curricular activities is to enable our pupils to acquire the essential educational, social and personal learning necessary to serve as a robust foundation to enable our pupils to embark confidently onto their ‘next steps’; either back to a mainstream school or on to further education or employment.

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