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North Herts
Education Support Centre

Curriculum Subjects (KS3)

KS3 Provision 

The KS3 Provision provides a place of education where the students are treated as young adults and encouraged to help each other succeed.  We work hard to build up a positive relationship between our members of staff and students. Once the trust between student and member of staff has developed, the student generally begins to grow in confidence and thus their learning improves.

The KS3 day runs from 9.15 to 13.25 on Monday and Friday, and  9.15 to 14.10 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

We encourage the KS3 students to follow a similar curriculum to the mainstream school. Currently the subjects the KS3 students have the opportunity to study include:

  • English, Maths, Science, ICT, Art and Craft, World Wise (Humanities), PSHE, Resistant Materials, Cooking, PE and Bush Craft.

At NHESC we run a twin track programme where our KS3 students will not only study the above subjects they will also be assessed to establish the main reasons for their lack of success in their mainstream school. Whilst much of our time is spent on academic work, there is just as much emphasis on personal and social education preparing the student to make the move back to mainstream school, on to Key Stage 4 provision and to be a successful citizen in today’s society.


KS3 Destinations

When moving from the NHESC KS3 provision, there are three potential alternatives:

  • Returning to their mainstream school,
  • Moving to a new school
  • If Year 9, transition to the NHESC KS4 Provision.


Returning to their Mainstream School or Moving to a New Mainstream School

  1. Once a managed move back to mainstream has been identified our KS3 & KS4 Transition Support Worker will meet weekly with the student ideally taking them for visits to their mainstream school in preparation for their return.
  2. Once a mainstream school place has been identified, a professionals’ meeting will be held with staff from the mainstream school and any other appropriate professionals.
  3. At this meeting:
    • There is feedback on progress made during the KS3 Assessment place, discussing the student’s Leaver’s Report
    • Mainstream school support strategies are discussed
    • A return to mainstream date is agreed
  4. Support from the KS3 & KS4 Transition Support Worker could continue into the receiving school with up to three sessions per week.


Transition to the NHESC KS4 Provision

If a move back into mainstream is not appropriate and the student is in Year 9 they can transfer onto the NHESC KS4 Programme. Planning for this takes place during the second half of the summer term of their Year 9 and only takes place if the mainstream school agrees to fund the placement.