KS4 Pathways

What are Pathways?

At Dove House we recognise that our learners are individuals, learn in different ways and we understand that one pathway through Key Stage 4 is becoming less appropriate to their varying needs. In response to this we have carefully designed a 3 pathway approach (we look at each cohort separately and where appropriate we also introduce a 4th Pathway with an extra Life Skills focus) to offer each learner a route which will best meet their learning styles, engage them and, of course, help to prepare them for their future.

At Dove House School Academy we take pride in offering each pupil a route which will best meet their learning needs, engage them and, of course, help to prepare them for their future.

Our pathways include:

  • Academic Pathway
  • Academic Pathway with a Life Skills focus (where appropriate).
  • Vocational Learning Pathway
  • Foundation Learning Pathway

Academic Pathway

Pupils identified for the Academic Pathway demonstrate that they can consistently apply effort and skill across a range of diverse subjects and work well within the structure of the classroom. They will have the opportunity to achieve at the appropriate level with the qualifications described in our accreditation section (link?)

 

Core subjects taken are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • ICT
  • PE
  • Life Skills

 

Pupils also take 3 of the following subjects based on their strengths:

  • Art
  • Digital Media
  • Resistant Materials
  • Textiles
  • Food
  • Computing
  • Performing Arts
  • Digital Photography
  • PE (Academic qualification)

For those who would benefit from a Life Skills focused curriculum, 2 of the above subjects are taken along with an extra Life Skills lessons.

Vocational Pathway

Pupils identified for the Vocational Learning Pathway have been selected because they have demonstrated an ability to adapt to different situations, get on well with others and prefer to learn by working in a practical environment. The pupils on this pathway need to work hard and maintain impeccable behaviour and effort as they are representing Dove House School Academy whilst offsite.

Core subjects taken are:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • ICT
  • PE

Vocational studies including workplace skills and Preparing for Adulthood

 

Pupils also take 2 of the following subjects based on their strengths:

  • Art
  • Digital Media
  • Resistant Materials
  • Textiles
  • Food
  • Computing
  • Performing Arts
  • Digital Photography
  • PE (Academic qualification)

As part of the Vocational Pathway, pupils will also be timetabled work experience for one afternoon every week in a range of workplace settings, helping to build up key employability skills and experience. At school pupils will be taking part in vocational sessions gaining practical skills and qualifications at Entry Level and Level 1 which will then be transferable to the workplace (to use during an apprenticeship) or to continue onto further vocational education at Post-16.

Foundation Pathway

Pupils identified for the Foundation Learning Pathway have been highlighted as needing a little further support to help develop their independence, confidence and social skills. Pupils on this pathway will be in a small nurturing group where the curriculum is very broad, practical and focused on building skills for independent living. Pupils will generally work towards Entry Level Qualifications where appropriate in the core subjects:

  • English
  • Maths
  • Science
  • ICT
  • PE

Their Foundation learning programme will also include a broad balanced range of subjects including:

  • Art
  • Technology
  • Performing Arts
  • ICT
  • Cooking Skills
  • Life Skills