Our Curriculum

Rosewood Independent School aims to provide a balanced, creative education in a stimulating, safe environment through which children maximise their talents and abilities, develop a pride in their achievements, and feel happy, confident and secure.

We pride ourselves in our dedication to becoming a fully trauma-informed provision. Our staff are trained in Adverse Childhood Experiences, De-escalation, and Positive Handling. All staff also attend training on behaviour theory; our ethos is built on ‘connection before correction’. Our curriculum design allows us to underpin our ethos into all areas of learning and delivery to ensure we offer our students a positive and relational experience that recognises the impact of trauma and continuously strives to reduce this.

We understand that children do not learn in the same way, and that every behaviour has a root cause.


We only employ teaching staff who have the flexibility to adapt their content, presentation, and teaching styles to ensure we are entirely focused on providing the right education to the individual child.

We understand that children develop in areas of their learning at different stages, and that social and emotional barriers may put up barriers to learning. We encourage children to feel proud of who they are and their achievements, and support their individual learning journey by building confidence, providing engaging learning opportunities, and nurturing creative thinking.

Please click here to read our Curriculum Policy.

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Our curriculum choices allow us to deliver a stage-not-age approach to ensure monitored and assessed coverage for each child on an individual basis according to their specific learning needs. A stage-not-age approach focuses on the developmental stage of the student rather than the chronological age, and enables the identification of gaps in learning with appropriate delivery to ensure basic knowledge and understanding appropriate to the individual child’s stage of development before moving forward. Our stage-not-age approach allows students to practise and improve their skills in a safe and nurturing setting, including brain stem and mid-brain functioning activities such as creative arts and outdoor learning.

We deliver two distinct Curriculums; Commando Joe’s in Primary, and Pearsons in Secondary. Our approach ensures that every subject can be matched to the level that each pupil is working at. As we are teaching children with complex educational backgrounds, pupils may have significant learning gaps, or working at different levels for different subjects. Our approach allows staff to support children who may be working behind their chronological age by planning for the student’s exact needs, whilst allowing them to study the same theme or topic as the other children in their group. We deliver our Curriculum in such a way that groups cover the same theme, whilst objectives are differentiated to align to the specific learning needs of the child and provide them the opportunity to move through the Curriculum at the right pace, once the learning has embedded. 

Our priority is to provide a firm grounding for learning by focusing on identifying and addressing the learning gaps before the child moves on to higher level concepts, but providing opportunity for group learning and Curriculum acceleration when required.

We use Commando Joe’s inclusive outdoor-based primary curriculum. The curriculum and delivery is based on their RESPECT programme; delivering academic education through focusing on resilience, empathy, self-awareness, positivity, excellence, communication, and teamwork. 

Our secondary students follow the Pearson curriculum. This allows us to prepare students for appropriate Key Stage 4 examinations. We use this curriculum to tailor pathways to the needs of the student, including alternative KS4 pathways through NCFE qualifications and ASDAN certificates.  

The flexibility of our curriculum and our bespoke approach to learning also allows us to incorporate enrichment activities into the timetable, which will include visitors to the centre, out of school trips and visits, and workshop participation.

For our older students, our goal is to ensure no child is not in employment, education, or training following their time with us. To inspire and enrich these students, we also offer individualised Career Pathways.

We are currently updating this page to reflect the changes to our Curriculum. We expect the information to be updated and published along with our new Curriculum Policy by Friday 23rd September 2022. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please address to the Executive Headteacher at headteacher@rosewoodindependentschool.com. Thank you for your patience. 

Core Subjects

Across our Primary and KS3 settings, students access their core subjects of maths, English, and science. Our delivery aligns to the National Curriculum. 

In KS4, students take either a GCSE or Functional Skills pathway, which is monitored and assessed continuously to ensure students are given the opportunity to achieve to their highest potential.

Foundation Subjects

We allow students the opportunity to access a broad curriculum covering all areas of the curriculum whilst allowing flexibility to incorporate current affairs and the world around us.

Technology – Including Coding, Word Processing, Animation, Media, Design Technology

Creative – Including Art, Drama, Music, and Physical Education

Humanities – Including History, Geography, British Values

Social – Including PSHE, Modern Foreign Languages (French), RE, and Interpersonal skills

Life Skills – Specifically working toward ASDAN Life Skills challenges

Secondary Vocational Pathways

To compliment the KS4 pathway, students are also given the opportunity to study Cookery, Sport, and Uniformed Services qualifications.

Our Pathways allow students to focus on a career interest, and gain relevant qualifications in that specific area. All students are able to work towards a Level 2 on successful completion of any Level 1 qualification. 

Along with our vocational courses, we support all Y11 learners with careers advice and support in our efforts to reduce the number of children who are NEET (Not in Education, Employment, or Training) post-16. We are a registered NCFE Qualification Centre.

Students who wish to follow the Forces Pathway may work towards the following qualifications:

  • NCFE Level 1/2 Certificate in Uniformed Protective Services
  • NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Nutrition and Health
  • NCFE Level 1 Certificate in Sport

Students who wish to follow the Hospitality Pathway may work towards the following qualifications:

  • NCFE Level 1 Basic Food Preparation and Cookery
  • NCFE CACHE Level 1 Award in Nutrition and Health
  • NCFE Level 1 Introduction to the Catering and Hospitality Industry

Students who wish to follow the Social Pathway may work towards the following qualifications:

  • NCFE CACHE Level 1 Diploma in Introduction to Health and Social Care (Adults and Children and Young People), Early Years and Childcare
  • ASDAN Life Skills Certificates
  • Supervised work experience placement working with children at Rosewood Independent School

Promoting British Values

The Department for Education states that there is a need “to create and enforce a clear and rigorous expectation on all schools to promote the fundamental British values of democracy, the rule of law, individual liberty and mutual respect and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs”.

 The Department for Education defines British Values as follows:

  • Respect for democracy and support or participation in the democratic process                        
  • Respect for the basis on which the law is made and applies in England
  • Support for equality of opportunity for all
  • Support and respect for the liberties of all within the law
  • Respect for and tolerance of different faiths and religious and other beliefs

We ensure that the fundamental British Values are introduced, discussed and lived out through the ethos and work of the school. All curriculum areas provide a vehicle for furthering understanding of these concepts and, in particular, RE and PSHE provide opportunities to deepen and develop understanding. We encourage our children to be creative, unique, open-minded and independent individuals, respectful of themselves and of others in our school, our local community and the wider world. We aim to nurture our children on their journey through life so they can grow into safe, caring, democratic, responsible and tolerant adults who make a positive difference to British Society and to the world.

Givng children the opportunity to achieve their potential.