Post-16 Curriculum


Our curriculum offers bespoke and personalised pathways to support students to reach their intended destination. We recognise the need for personalised outcomes for all our young people and aim to support all students to move into adulthood as independently as possible.

Our curriculum is designed with the understanding that each student will have unique starting and destination points. We offer a range of person centred learning opportunities through a carefully planned curriculum that promotes independence and preparation for adulthood whilst building upon key skills developed in previous years. The breadth of provision enriches student experience and provides a context for the growth and understanding required for adult life and for the acquisition of a wider range of personal qualities and social skills..


Key areas of learning – Implementation

All students access a broad and balanced curriculum. Accreditation and personal provision is designed around each student’s stage of access. Our key areas of learning are informed by EHCP outcomes and Preparation for Adulthood strands: My Thinking, My Feelings, My Body and My Communication.

A focus on transition and preparation for adulthood enables us to identify the best possible routes for the future including work placements and appropriate accreditation. Personalised plans enable us to support our students to manage their needs and to build upon and develop transferable skills.

Fundamental to our curriculum is an ability to understand what the young person’s skills, interests and motivations are and how best to develop and support these to establish a successful future. Our curriculum offers breadth and flexibility not only with regards to the taught curriculum but also the choices that are available to students through the wider informal curriculum.

The curriculum that we offer also mirrors the ethos and vision of the school with regards to sustaining and raising the ambition of every student whilst also ensuring appropriate pathways for all students at post 16.



At post 16, all students work towards accreditation through Open Awards. There is a strong emphasis on developing functional communication, literacy, numeracy and ICT as well as independence, employability and life skills.

We support learners to achieve qualifications in areas such as: Employment, Personal Progress, Functional Skills and Travel Training. Accredited courses are linked to EHCP outcomes, My Plans, pathways and student interest.


Careers and Work Experience

Students are offered a range of opportunities to develop life skills with a strong vocational focus throughout the school but particularly for post 16 students. Opportunities based around the young person’s strengths and interests are identified in Careers Portfolios and inform work placements both on and off-site. Placements are linked to EHCP outcomes, My Plans and identified pathways.

Work experience is one of the most important link activities between employers and schools. It is a significant step in preparing young people for adult and working life by developing their personal and social skills as well as the key skills they will need for the world of work. Holbrook School for Autism use the Gatsby Charitable Foundation’s Benchmarks to guide careers provision. Students are entitled to careers education and guidance that is impartial and confidential. It is integrated into their experience of the whole curriculum, based on a partnership with students and their parents or carers. The programme promotes equality of opportunity, inclusion and anti-racism.

Students use a Careers Portfolio to track careers provision and work related experiences. As part of student’s portfolio work they will have opportunities to visit colleges, attend Open Days and career guidance meetings. By year 14 we aim to have a named destination for all students in order to support our young people in successfully transitioning to intended destinations. All students will follow a careers programme to introduce them to the world of work and will have work experience placements and enterprise opportunities where appropriate.

Holbrook School for Autism have a named Careers Leader who co-ordinates and oversees the school careers programme. We work in partnership with our Enterprise Co-ordinator and Enterprise Adviser and have an ongoing partnership link with Denby Pottery. Post 16 students have access to a named Careers Adviser, who provides further careers guidance.


Educational outcomes are measured against linear and lateral progress. Key stages four and five are also measured through accredited outcomes. All students develop a personal Careers Portfolio from year 10, which will support future transitions and destination points. We promote a firm ethos of learning beyond the classroom and students engage in an extensive careers and work experience programme linked to personal outcomes and accreditation.


Please also see our 14-19 Curriculum Information Booklet 

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