Phoenix Learning Centre curriculum intent: “To promote normality through education - minimizing the impact of illness on achievement, progress and well-being.”
Attending the Phoenix Learning Centreis an integrated part of treatment for the young people on the unit. As far as possible, we aim to support each student to keep up with their home-school curriculum so they will feel prepared to return once they are discharged.
On admission, the Teacher-in-Charge will meet with each new student to get a picture of the young person’s prior school experiences, personal interests and aspirations. The Teacher-in-Charge will then liaise with the home-school or college and together decide how best to support the student, taking into account a student’s strengths and any SEND need he/she may have. An Individual Learning Plan is drawn up to reflect this and work is requested from the home-school to ensure that, where appropriate, the young person is following the same curriculum as his/her peers as a starting point. As we get to know our students better we can adapt and supplement this work to ensure that it offers appropriate breadth and challenge. The Teacher-in-Charge will also liaise with parents/carers and any other professionals supporting the young person’s learning.
Not all of our young people will be well enough to follow their home-school curriculum or they may not have a home school. In this case, our staff will create bespoke and engaging programmes of study designed to re-engage young people with their learning and offer new challenges and opportunities to explore new interests.
We are a registered exam centre and students can sit their GCSE, ‘A’ Level, BTEC and Functional Skills exams with us. We offer the Bronze and Silver Arts Award in Art, Music and Drama, AQA Unit awards and Cambridge Technical qualifications. In addition, we offer careers advice and guidance, as required, and opportunities to engage in discussions and workshops based on PSHE / SRE topics. We provide an enrichment programme with visits off the unit (as appropriate) and welcome visitors who share their experiences or skills with our students. For example, we have worked with members of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and with local poets and film-makers in partnership with the Cambridge Junction outreach programme and we regularly take students to the theatres, galleries, colleges and museums in Cambridge.
The Teacher-in-Charge regularly attends the Care Programme Approach (CPA) reviews and works closely with the young person, families, home schools and the multi-disciplinary team (MDT) to support a planned discharge and help with returning to school or college. This will usually require a phased and supported re-integration programme, which the Teacher-in-Charge will help plan.