My World and Community


In today’s modern world we believe that our students require opportunities to explore and use digital devices and to learn about the risks and benefits associated with this.  For many of our student’s technology can enhance their learning environments and everyday life through the use of communication devices, cause and effect apps and digital content for communication with friends and loved ones, however we know that our students must also learn about the risks with technology too and we aim to support all our students in using technology safely.  

Through the My World and Community curriculum area our students learn about, explore and recognise a range of common technologies and digital devices and what they are used for such as; tablets, laptops, televisions, radios, house hold appliances etc..   

They are supported in understanding how these devices are used, controlled, and programmed at a level that is appropriate and relevant to their cognitive stage of learning. We ensure that our students are taught about online safety and digital literacy, focusing on personal information, social media, gaming, sharing and streaming content, fake news and harmful content.

Our students are encouraged to use a range of technology to support their learning in other curriculum areas such as Literacy, mathematics and PSHE. Every class has access to a range of devices such as iPads, laptops, interactive whiteboards, switch activated equipment and toys etc.. Many of our students will access online learning content through our education subscriptions and can use these platforms to support both learning in the classroom and at home.  


Outdoor & Woodland Learning and Forest School programme

At St Piers School we promote learning through practical and applied experiences. Our Outdoor and Woodland Learning and Forest School programs support education through play, exploration and supported risk taking. They provide a highly motivating, real-life experience that uses cross curricular approaches to develop confidence and self-esteem through learner inspired, hands-on experiences in a natural setting.

Our campus hosts an ancient woodland and a pond where these lessons take place, which provides the perfect outdoor learning environment to support our students of all ages and abilities to develop socially, emotionally, physically and intellectually.  The woodland environment and pond area offers a range of sensory experiences that are utilised in our approaches to teaching and learning.  Through these lessons we teach our students to assess risk, meaning that they constantly expand on their abilities by solving real-world issues, building self-belief, resilience and independence skills.

The Outdoor and Woodland and Forest School programmes are also used to facilitate the teaching and learning of topics related to Science, Geography, History etc.. in a manner that our students can see, hear, and associate with in a real-life context. The environment lends itself to a wide range of topics related to these subject areas and creates a practical environment where our students can explore and learn, for example looking at Mini – beasts, habitats, weather, climate change, ecology and environmental science.

Careers Education, Information, Advice & Guidance

Our Careers programme is threaded through the curriculum at each stage of the student’s education and through every learning journey. Each Student is placed on a personalised journey, and we have small class groups with a high level of support.  The school follows the TALANTINO Careers at EVERY level programme for students with SEND.

Lower School  

Bambino Programme aimed to engage young people in the first steps of careers education

Middle School

Careers at EVERY Level programme for PMLD - MLD learners

Upper School

Functional Skills Programme (where appropriate) and Careers at EVERY Level programme

Our students have a range of options for accredited learning and courses at age 14+ which are delivered through a variety of exam boards:

  • Edexcel
  • Equals (Moving On)
  • OCR
  • Art’s Award

Where appropriate our students take part in Careers Information, Advice and Guidance discussions with the school IAG practitioner, who is registered with the Career Development Institute (CDI). During these discussions Students can reflect on their achievements and can explore their aspirations for the future and potential next steps.


Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance (CEIAG) Framework


Students at all Key Stages and all abilities have a Personal Learning Record that contains evidence of their involvement in both accredited and non-accredited activities i.e. internal and external work experience, employer engagement and encounters and accredited vocational courses in addition to records of any Personal Guidance that has taken place.

Personal Guidance

The Careers Leader in school delivers Personal Guidance where appropriate to the students with some capacity to understand factors affecting their futures in Key Stage (KS) 4 & 5.  In exceptional cases some students may have Personal Guidance discussions at an earlier stage of their education if it is deemed appropriate to support their progress and next steps.

All students are invited to attend part of their Annual review of EHCP, for some this may not be appropriate. In this situation any decisions taken will be based on the ambitions of that student whether expressed by themselves or on behalf of their advocates. However if students do have capacity and wish to attend then they should take part in the review meeting.

Careers Curriculum

At St piers we have committed to using the Talantino career development programme. This programme provides

information, resources, lesson plans and ideas for teaching the appropriate content related to careers Education,

Information, Advice and Guidance for young people with SEND.  The (CEIAG) at St Piers School is

underpinned by the school’s policies for teaching and learning, assessment, PSHE, Citizenship and RSHE.

Lower      - Bambino Programme aimed to engage young people in the first steps of careers education

Middle - Careers at Every Level programme for PMLD - MLD learners

Upper   -  Functional Skills Programme (where appropriate) and  Careers at Every Level programme

Risk of NEET Identification

The Careers Leader records of:

  • Past leavers destinations (5 years back dated)
  • Future projected destinations, including students identified as at risk of NEET

Accredited Vocational Courses











Key Stage

Awarding Body

Subject area

RQF Level

KS4 (All)

KS5 (Learning for life & Skills for Life)

Equals Moving

Literacy; Numeracy; ICT

Pre-Entry Level 

KS4 & 5 (All)



OCR Life & Living Skills programme


Communication; Home Management; ICT; Numeracy; Personal Skills; World of work; Arts & Crafts

Entry Level 1 & 2

KS4 Specialist Skills

Trinity Arts Award


Introductory Award

KS5  Specialist Skills

Trinity Arts Award


Entry Level 3

KS5  Specialist Skills                   

Edexcel Functional Skills

English; Maths

Entry Level 1-3



Work experience, Employability Skills and Non Qualification Activities

Throughout the academic year there are many vocational studies and STEM events that include all students throughout the whole school. These activities take a variety of forms to ensure that they are accessible for the varying needs of the students.

They include:

  • Internal and External Work experience/Employability Skills at KS 4 & 5 (where appropriate)
  • Vocational Workshops and educational visits
  • Education trips to our local community
  • Emotional Literacy (ELSA) sessions
  • Whole school vocational events. 
  • Cross curricular class based lessons such as PSHE, RSHE and Citizenship

Additional funding has/can be spent to facilitate these activities through the use of PPG and Bursary grants.

Quality in Careers Standard Award (QiCS) 

St Piers School is a registered member of Complete Careers and holds a QICS award.