Education and Curriculum

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At Pioneer, we provide a structured, therapeutic, stable environment for young people. Each student is treated as an individual to ensure their needs and requirements are met.

Our education process has activities at it’s core, which is an integrated combination of both academic and vocational studies, as well as important life and social skills. These will be carried with them throughout their time at Pioneer and into adulthood.

Our school is purpose-built ensuring that any anxiety or fear that our young people might have had about school, and the ‘traditional’ education system, are alleviated. 

We’re focused on mentoring and supporting our students throughout the journey they take at Pioneer, helping them to move forward with their lives and reach their potential.

Our curriculum offer is designed around each individuals needs, our students have a great deal of differentiation, below are some examples of curriculum courses we deliver in cooperation with our learners.

Our curriculum offer is designed around each individuals needs, our students have a great deal of differentiation, below are some examples of curriculum courses we deliver in cooperation with our learners.

Workshop – Vehicle Maintenance, Electric Vehicle Maintenance, Motorcycle Mechanics, Bike Mechanics, Car & Motorcycle Body Work Repairs and paint.

Vehicle/Driving –  4×4, Basic Navigation, Vocational Driving (side by side buggies for land based studies), Trailer training, farm quad/ATV’s, Ride on Mower and grass management.

Outdoor – Motocross riding, Bushcraft, Archery, Air Rifles, Mountain biking on & off site, Fitness training (Gym), Target Paintball, Canoeing, Kayaking, Stand Up Paddleboards, Jet Skiing, Go-Karting, Short Circuit Car Driving, Segways, Electric Trial Bikes.

Landbased Studies– Grass Management, Horticulture, Track maintenance, Weeding, Road cleaning, Car Park maintenance, Track side Marshalling, Joinery/plumbing/tiling/painting & decorating, Coppicing, Fencing.


Equals Curriculum for PMLD (profound and multiple difficulties), CLD (Complex Learning Difficulties), SLD (Severe Learning Difficulties) & MLD (Moderate Learning Difficulties) – Pre-formal, informal, semi formal & formal curriculum.
AQA Unit Award certificates
NCFE Functional Skills Entry 1, 2, 3 & L1,2 English, Maths, Digital Skills
Occupational Standards in the Workplace L1
ASDAN Employability Skills, short courses PSHE/British Values/Personal Development & Independent skills
Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver & Gold
Prince’s Trust
Food Technology/Hygiene L1
Green School Project
Careers Morrisby platform and Independent Careers advice
Learn to earn – work experience with Trax MX tradespeople.
Assessments used:
GL Assessments
Learning style/Dyslexia/Dyscalculia
Mapping & Assessing Personal Progress
Burt, Behaviour Track

New Group Spelling Test (NGST) GL Assessment

The NGST is an adaptive assessment which allows termly monitoring of spelling skills, benchmarked against the national average. When combined with our New Group Reading Test (NGRT).

New Group Reading Test (NGRT) GL Assessment

The NGRT is a standardised, termly assessment that reliably measures reading skills against the national average to help us get to the root of any problems precisely and quickly. The New Group Reading Test comprises three sections: Phonics, Sentence Completion and Passage Comprehension

NGRT provides information about sentence completion and comprehension skills allowing us to identify where difficulties lie. Being a termly assessment allows for regular monitoring of reading progress and measuring the impact of intervention, and a pupil’s reading ability can be benchmarked using the Standardised Age Score (SAS).

The Progress Test in English (PTE), Maths (PTM) and Science (PTS)

These tests enable us to accurately measure how our school and our students are performing – student by student, class by class and year by year.

The tests assess students’ knowledge, understanding and application of technical English skills (spelling, grammar and punctuation) and reading comprehension (using age-appropriate fiction and information texts), helping us to understand current levels of attainment and identify any gaps in learning at both an individual and cohort level.

The Progress Test in Maths & Science provides practical, reliable and independent snapshots in Maths & Science attainment, which can be used to baseline and then to measure in year or year-on-year progress.

These tests will be used at the start of the year for baselining and at the end of the year to measure and track progress.
BASIC KEY SKILLS BUILDER – English, Maths & Digital Skills
BKSB is designed to meet the GCSE and Functional Skills Criteria
There are two key assessments:

The BKSB Initial Assessment, measures basic skills and that will produce a diagnostic assessment which aims to improve skill level of the student. The diagnostic will provide the resources needed to fill the ability gaps identified in Initial Assessment results.

Morrisby Careers

The Morrisby Careers Programme is a suite of 4 components providing a whole-school solution to careers and educational guidance, with a full student management and support system and parental sharing and access.

Morrisby Profile provides objectivity and deep insights into the student’s make-up. The array of psychometric assessments creates a profile of a student’s key abilities, academic, technical, and practical.  Students are also able to access all elements of Morrisby Careers and retain lifelong access.

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We want our students to:

Succeed in education

Knowledge and learning can equip young people for life, regardless of the subject. We’re focused on ensuring our students succeed.

Be happy and healthy

The most important achievement for our students is to be happy and healthy. We equip them with the tools they need to become this.

Build good relationships

Learning the skills to build healthy and strong relationships help our students to grow as individuals and become well-rounded adults.

Have a safe place to stay

Have a safe place to stay - Feeling safe and secure is crucial for many of the young people that walk through our doors. The stability & structure of TEC Life enables them to feel this.