Our Curriculum

Our curriculum is designed to enable our young people to grow in subject knowledge, skills and understanding, whilst developing pupil confidence and resilience so they can successfully move onto further education, training and employment; so that they may live a life that has purpose and meaning to them and enables them to engage positively in their relationships with their local community and with society in general.

High quality teaching with therapeutic experiences including Thrive, lead to sound academic and personal development. Our curriculum is founded on developing and in some cases, restoring self confidence and self esteem focusing initially on the development of a thorough understanding of the young person and developing trusting relationships between the young person and staff.

Daily, the acquisition of core skills is central to pupil learning. English and Maths lessons are provided daily to ensure rapid progress is achieved in these subjects so helping to unlock learning in all subject areas.







Design & Technology




Hair & Beauty


Art & Design




English Skills



Drawing and Talking

Thrive approach

Developing self-worth and resilience in our young people is essential. Young people needing support to manage difficult situations can be supported by the therapeutic intervention, Drawing and Talking in our centre as we have a trained practitioner.

New Skill Centre use a nationally recognised approach, THRIVE, to help address social and emotional development needs in young people. There are two THRIVE licensed practitioners within our setting.

The intended outcomes of our curriculum is that all pupils become:
  1. Successful students who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve their full potential.
  2. Confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives.
  3. Responsible citizens who can make a positive contribution to society,
We achieve this through our curriculum which:
  • Is broad and balanced.
  • Will encourage all pupils to reach their full potential.
  • Is flexible enough to meet the needs of the diverse population within the school and matched to the individual needs of each pupil.
  • Builds on pupils previous and existing knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • Reflects the multicultural nature of the local community and built upon British Values.
  • Develops confidence, high self-esteem and independence.
  • Develops a respect for other people and the environment.
  • Prepares students for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of adult life.

Courtesy, good manners, respect and consideration for others, together with self-discipline and resilience are all important aspects of a child’s education. The New Skill Centre encourages pupils to treat others as they would wish to be treated themselves and supports them in this by providing a welcoming and friendly environment in which they feel valued, trusted and where they are supported to develop high self-esteem and confidence.

Personal development is fostered through our PSHE and personalised curriculum offer and is enhanced through activities, visits and trips that enable pupils to gain a wider understanding of themselves, the local community and understanding of the world around them.