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North Herts
Education Support Centre

Curriculum & Pastoral

The aim of the curriculum at the NHESC is to prepare our KS4 students for life beyond school and to prepare KS3 students for return to their mainstream school, reintegration into another mainstream setting or move to a specialist setting where it is deemed appropriate or their transition into KS4.

The NHESC aims to be an Attachment Aware and Trauma Informed School where we support young people who suffer with trauma or mental health problems and whose troubled behaviour acts as a barrier to learning.  When young people who have suffered several painful life experiences, are not helped, there is a very high chance of them going on to suffer severe mental and physical ill-health.

Therefore, our curriculum not only enables our students to study for discrete curriculum areas and engage with social skills and personal development work but also enables our staff to build relationships with our students that help them to heal from their emotional trauma. The relationships our staff build with our students and the Social Emotional Mental Health work that they engage with also assists the students to access the academic side of the curriculum. 

At the Centre we offer a range of formal qualifications delivered over our two sites.