Tailored Learning

The emphasis at Ulidia Integrated College is on meeting the needs of all abilities to the highest academic standards. We are passionate about learning and want our students to share our enthusiasm. Our aim is to challenge pupils to develop new approaches to learning, to be encouraged to excel and to experience success in all areas of the curriculum.

We cater for all learning styles, paces and potentials. In order to provide for all of our pupils, we offer two distinct but intertwined Learning Pathways:
• An ‘All Ability Pathway’ for young people who prefer a blend of academic and vocational studies and
• A ‘Grammar Pathway’ for young people who thrive in a more demanding academic setting
• Both Pathways are combined for pastoral and enrichment classes where all pupils work together

By offering both Pathways in one College, pupils have the opportunity to move between Pathways as they develop, mature and identify potential careers. This ensures their curriculum always reflects their ability, is appropriately challenging and engages their interest throughout their College life.

GCSE and A Level examination options are open to all students regardless of their learning Pathway if they demonstrate appropriate ability in that subject area.

This means that we offer a learning environment that challenges pupils to meet their potential combined with the flexibility to tailor educational qualifications to each individual’s ability and aspirations.

A Climate of Success

On our Grammar Pathway, young people are challenged to go the extra mile, to dedicate themselves to academic study and to reach for the highest possible achievements.

Specific teaching strategies may include:
• High ability A level and GCSE skills begin being taught in year 8
• Individual learning styles recognised and developed
• Working at a pace and level designed to stimulate academic inquiry, creative thinking and critical reasoning
• Use of Fronter and other e-learning facilities to extend learning resources which are expected to be accessed from home as well as in school.
• Additional reading material to provide breadth and depth to knowledge • Encouraging the ability to work independently through extended homework and/or projects
• Taking part in external competitions
• Higher Tier entry at GCSE external examinations to ensure high achievement leading to A level study
• High impact study skills emphasised throughout
• Providing work experience opportunities to broaden the pupils’ experiences and demonstrate practical career applications of the skills they have learned

Confidence and Accomplishment

Our All Ability Pathway requires the highest individual standards from each of our pupils according to their potential. We expect them to strive to become the best they can be, to celebrate and gain confidence from their successes, and go on to embrace even greater challenges.

Specific teaching strategies may include:
• A Level and GCSE skills begin being taught in year 8
• Individual learning styles recognised and developed
• Working at an appropriate pace and level taking into account individual needs
• Use of Fronter and other e-learning facilities to extend learning resources which are expected to be accessed from home as well as in school
• Year 8-10 focus on developing literacy and numeracy skills
• Differentiated teaching to develop the ability to work independently
• Taking part in external competitions
• Entry at GCSE and vocational external examinations to ensure individual success and achievement
• High impact study skills emphasised throughout
• Providing work experience opportunities to broaden the pupils’ experiences and demonstrate practical career applications of the skills learned

Where needed, the Learning Support Department provides the framework for the whole school to assume responsibility for inclusion. The range of provisions made by the Learning Support Department ensure that pupils with additional learning needs make appropriate progress and fulfil their potential.

The Learning Support staff is led by our SENCO who manages the teachers and a number of Learning Support and General Assistants.

Learning support involves a degree of whole class provision, in-class support and some withdrawal provision for both basic Literacy and Numeracy. There is also regular contact with the appropriate external agencies who provide invaluable support when necessary.

As in everything we do, this works best in a connected partnership between parents, carers and school. Meeting with pupils and parents and drawing up mutually agreed Individual Education Plans is vital to assessing, monitoring and reviewing the progress of our pupils with additional learning needs. The Learning Support Department aims to support pupils to experience success in all aspects of school life.