STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education puts an emphasis on preparing future generations to be successful in their careers. STEM is important because it pervades every part of our lives. Science is everywhere in the world around us. Technology is continuously expanding into every aspect of our lives. Engineering is the basic designs of roads and bridges, but also tackles the challenges of changing global weather and environmentally-friendly changes to our home. Mathematics is in every occupation, every activity we do in our lives.
The National Curriculum framework and attainment targets of all subjects are delivered via a range of qualifications.
Science can be accessed via the WJEC Entry Level Certificate or the Pearson BTEC Principles of Applied Science qualifications.
Physical Education has been incorporated into the STEM department as an extension of the studies human anatomy and physiology. Accessed via the WJEC Entry Level Certificate, the teaching of PE not only inspires all students to succeed and excel in competitive sport and other physically-demanding activities but also encourages students to be knowledgeable of their bodies, their health and their fitness.
The teaching of ICT crosses all subject areas but the specific skills, knowledge and understanding is accessed via Functional Skills qualifications and the EDCL Level 3 qualification for our more able students.
Maths can be accessed via the A/AS, GCSE or Functional Skills routes depending upon the young person’s ability and prior knowledge before joining the Courtyard.
Learning is differentiated to take account of each student's individual needs, so students are taught in groups according to their stage of learning as opposed to their age.
Students are taught in class sizes of no more than 8 pupils, often less, as we recognise that our students learn best in calm, quiet environments where they are able to focus on their learning with reduced sensory overload.