Philosophy of Sixth Form

February 2017


Our aim when working with students in the Sixth Form is;

To equip students with the skills for life, work and leisure



The curriculum offers opportunities for students to:


Develop independence

Students are actively encouraged to achieve success with decreasing levels of assistance to promote self-worth and raise personal expectations to develop their autonomy and self-reliance.


Make personal choices

Students will have continuous opportunities to make personal choices and develop self-advocacy skills, enabling more informed and considered decision making.


Be successful with other people

Students will be encouraged to develop their social skills and will be engaged in an environment which promotes successful communication and positive interaction with other people.


Develop life skills

Students will learn and develop a range of personal self-care skills and life skills including personal hygiene, shopping for a meal, preparing drinks, snacks and meals, washing and cleaning the home, using the telephone, how to use a bank account etc.


Understand what happens when they leave school

Students will enhance their awareness of community facilities which can be accessed during and following their time at Foreland Fields School. Students will enjoy the transition into their future placements.


Develop pre-vocational skills

Students will be prepared for their post-school placement whether that be college, training or employment.


Enjoy their leisure time

Students will have the opportunity to develop a wide range of interests and hobbies and learn how to plan their leisure time through active involvement in a range of sports, community and arts programmes.


Develop community links

Students will have the opportunity of visiting a range of local community places including shops, cafes, leisure facilities, tourist attractions, etc.


Grow and develop in an age-appropriate environment

Students in Sixth Form are treated and respected as 'young adults'



As a result of joining Foreland Fields School’s Sixth Form, students are able to access a wider range of practical, vocational and enrichment programmes including:




Students within the Sixth Form have a wide range of learning difficulties and whilst based in needs-led form groups they are taught by a variety of staff according to their needs and options. There is one group for whom the focus is on a Sensory curriculum. This Sensory Class are taught by their class teacher for the core subjects and have the opportunity to mix with their peers for enrichment and art activities.




DfE Statutory Guidance, April 2014  

Schools must secure independent guidance that includes information on the full range of education and training options, including apprenticeships and vocational pathways. This should encompass good, appropriate local further education, apprenticeships, and vocational education opportunities.   The statutory duty requires governing bodies to ensure that all registered pupils at the school are provided with independent careers guidance from year 8 (12‐13 year olds) to year 13 (17‐18 year olds).   The governing body must ensure that the independent careers guidance provided is presented in an impartial manner and includes information on the range of education or training options, including apprenticeships and other vocational pathways. It must be guidance that the person giving it considers will promote the best interests of the pupils to whom it is given.  


Foreland Fields School uses the services of Education Business Partnership Kent (EBP Kent) to give impartial and informed advice. EBP Kent provides individually designed services for schools to equip young people with a better understanding of their personal skills and future choices. 

Students at Foreland Fields School are able to participate in a variety of opportunities that will allow them to express their likes and dislikes and preferences for the future. This might involve one or more of the following;



In addition all students from Year 8 onwards are invited to participate in their EHCP/annual Review where emphasis is placed of future planning and aspirations for life beyond Foreland Fields School.

Students and their parents are also invited to attend an annual Transition Event where they can meet representatives from various local providers.


Links to the School Improvement Plan



SFP1 – Further extend enterprise opportunities beyond the school community with a view to it becoming self-funded.


SFP2 – Further develop partnerships outside the school for a wider range of students.


SFP3 – Support students to better prepare for life after school through the ‘Books Without Words’ resources.

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