Pace offers a highly personalised ‘whole child’ integrated curriculum for school placed children aged 3 to 16. Rather than being defined by a single methodology, Pace has developed its own
unique ‘transdisciplinary’ methodology and curriculum approach.
The children we work with
Every parent wants the best for their child. For children with sensory motor difficulties including (but not restricted to) cerebral palsy, we believe that Pace offers children the very best chance to unlock their potential and live life as independently as possible. At Pace, we will provide a nurturing, positive and dedicated environment that encourages your child to develop, progress and be the best that they can be.
The Pace vision is that every child in the UK with sensory-motor disorders, and their family, can access education and support services that are aligned with the Pace model and ethos.
By developing a positive problem-solving personality that will allow the child to tackle the challenges that their adult life may present.
By teaching the skills that the child will need to be as active and independent as possible in all areas. These include gross and fine motor skills, mobility, self-care, communication, academic, and social and emotional.
By providing opportunities to experience places and activities within the community with the support of skilled staff. These may include visits to cafés, shops, the library, the garden centre, swimming pools and a range of recreational and leisure venues.
Our integrated curriculum
Our approach draws on best practice from varied clinical and educational disciplines to provide a rich and individually tailored learning environment for our children.
At the heart of the Pace integrated curriculum lies the relationship between postural, movement, sensory and perceptual skills and how they impact on conceptual/academic learning.
The integrated curriculum therefore gives priority to developing essential foundation skills that are a prerequisite to conceptual and cognitive development and is planned to meet the total needs of our pupils.
The transdisciplinary team consider the child as a whole and take into consideration all of their goals when planning their lessons. Lessons are highly differentiated and assessment is ongoing to ensure continued progress.
Our integrated approach provides learning opportunities for children to practice and extend their skills as learners. It also reflects our commitment to meeting the diverse needs of the children as individuals, promoting their inclusion in the learning process within the school, home and community.
Key Stage 3 and 4 (11 to 16 years)
In addition to using Pace’s integrated approach, children in KS3 and 4 also benefit from a highly personalised functional and life skills based curriculum to help prepare them for their future lives as young adults in the community.
Within their weekly timetable there are opportunities to develop and apply their problem solving and academic skills, for example through purposeful trips to the supermarket followed by cooking activities, which have been carefully planned to work on particular gross/fine motor and mathematical skills.
The secondary integrated curriculum also includes the ASDAN (Award Scheme Development and Accreditation Network) ‘New Horizons’ programme, which is a PSHE (Personal Social and Health Education) and citizenship learning programme designed for young people with special educational needs. It offers a nationally accredited way to record and celebrate skills and achievement in these curriculum areas.
Parenting can be extremely rewarding, but we recognise that it has its challenges. We aim to support, empower and work with parents and families to give you the skills, knowledge and a support network to care for your child with confidence. We offer specific individual advice sessions, training and seminars for parents through presentations and discussions of topics of interest at our Pace Parent Partnership meetings.
We also have regular parent meetings in which individual children’s learning and progress is discussed in depth and targets shared. For children accessing our school and Early Years services, daily communication about your child comes home in their communication books.
We also conduct home visits and can refer you for confidential professional counselling if your feel your family would benefit. We can also provide access to support and advice during Education, Health and Care Plan applications and reviews. We know that you want to do the very best for your child, to aid their development and help them towards independence and Pace is here with you all the way.