Foundation Learning

Department Profile

The Foundation Department offers a curriculum to students who benefit from smaller classes, a literacy and numeracy rich environment and a personalised curriculum. The Foundation Learning team consists of 8 teachers, including the SENDCO and assistant SENDCO. The department also works very closely with the Inclusion Support Centre and the Pastoral Team to ensure that students develop their social and emotional skills and are fully supported throughout their time at BBEC. Students are taught in groups ranging from 7 to 16 pupils.

Curriculum Overview

Students in KS3 follow a curriculum very similar to the rest of the school. One difference is that students have six Maths and English lessons a week compared to four. They also have a weekly circle time session led by the Inclusion Support Centre Manager: Mrs Tolan.

At KS4 students will continue to study English, Maths and Science alongside a range of Level 1 and 2 courses. This will differ each year depending on the needs and interests of the students. The curriculum is bespoke. Courses currently studied include: Expressive Arts, Home Cooking, Geography, Personal Finance, Craft, Construction, Childcare, Hospitality and Skills for Independence and Work. Some students also attend lessons linked to Prince’s Trust and work towards a qualification in Personal Development and Employability skills.

Outside of the Classroom

Breakfast and Lunch clubs are available in the Inclusion Support Centre (The Green Room) and many students chose to spend time in here. This is a calm and quiet space in school where a range of activities are on offer.

In KS3 many students take parts in the BEATS project. Students work together to produce a music video and dance performance as well as developing their team work skills.

Literacy and numeracy interventions are accessed by most students in Foundation including Catch Up Numeracy, Catch Up Literacy, Additional Literacy Support and Lexia.

Mrs Tolan has run many successful residentials to Low Mill Outdoor Centre and all students who have been on these trips have had a fantastic experience.

We are constantly looking for opportunities to make links with the wider community and broaden the students experiences. Activities outside the classroom have included: Christmas Dinner for elderly residents in Buttershaw, Royal Armories, Ogden Water, Morrisons workshop, STEM Robotics Day and a trip to the Midland Hotel.

Department Staff

  • Miss J Henshall (SENDCO)
  • Miss A Ramsden (Assistant SENDCO)
  • Mrs R Tolan (Inclusion Support Centre Manager)
  • Miss M Clarke
  • Mr M Bentley (Progress Support Leader)


Miss J. Henshall