The Write Time curriculum uses Dr. William Glasser’s Choice Theory approach to education, applying this conceptual framework to all teaching and learning. Our carefully selected subjects, qualifications and skills development programmes are tailored to meet student needs, as well as being designed to support, develop, and intrigue. We work cohesively with partner schools to ensure that both academic progression and pastoral care are strengthened and students are holistically supported throughout their learning journey.
The Write Time embeds ICT, History, Religious Education and PSHE, within our examined and externally moderated subjects and qualifications, so that a broad range of technological, ethical, and sociological issues can be addressed in an academic environment.
Entry Level, Level 1, and Level 2 Functional Skills qualifications offer a functional approach to English and Maths, enabling students to identify how these subjects are an important aspect of their academic, working and personal lives, so that they are motivated to develop these skills confidently and effectively throughout each course.
As part of our drive to be at the forefront of pedagogical innovation, and make our technology provision relevant to the young people of today, we use the ‘iPad Mini 4’, which is well suited to provide an extensive range of tools and opportunities to support our educational aim. These include collaboration, independent learning and research, creativity, innovation, and critical thinking.
In addition to small teaching groups, we provide one-to-one structured support from a personal development worker. We aim to ensure that all learners work to the best of their ability at all times and have access to the whole curriculum in an inclusive environment.
Everything that we do at The Write Time is aimed at meeting the individual development needs and aspirations of each learner. We are acutely aware that young people come to us because they need a different curriculum, personal approach, and environment. This means a fully bespoke scheme of work per student for English, Maths and Science, and highly-differentiated curricula for other programmes.
Our staff have current and previous experience of students with a wide variety of additional needs (including support for dyslexia, autism, ADHD, asthma, epilepsy). Where required, additional specific training is put in place.
We have a comprehensive enrichment programme to enable students to gain new experiences and develop soft skills in a supportive environment. Some of our classes are weekly such as our sports and Arts Award sessions, whilst others run a few times throughout the year such as Blacklands Farm outdoor activity centre, and London Dungeons.
Below are just some of our enrichment activities:
Talent show - whatever your talent is, this is the perfect platform for you.
Battle of the brains quiz – a social and education experience, mixing knowledge and fun.
Graffiti Workshop - this is an opportunity for you to not only develop your graffiti skills with a professional artist, but also help make our outdoor wall look attractive and unique.
Mindfulness – our mindfulness workshop will enable you to learn relaxation techniques in a safe environment, so that you’re able to chill out and relax.
Music Production - if you like to listen to music, why not learn how music is made? Our hour long workshops give you an opportunity to learn different aspects of music development.
Guest speakers & events - Throughout the year we will be inviting inspirational guest speakers to talk to students about how to achieve your goals and dreams. We promote different events such as Health Week, Respect Week, LGBT History Months, Black History Month, International Women's Week and more.
As part of our ethos to have an all-inclusive environment, we now offer an ESOL service (English for speakers of other languages). All students with ESOL are identified through the school’s entrance procedures and their proficiency in English is assessed at this point also.
We have a specialist ESOL teacher and bespoke resources including ipads, a dedicated separate timetable, and the students the will work towards internationally-recognised English proficiency exams, functional skills, and then GCSE-level qualifications if various criteria are met. Our alternative provision team also act as a learning support team for the ESOL learners through personal, academic and social development. Students are also encouraged to value their home language and to continue its study.
PERSONAL & SOCIAL DEVELOPMENT
The TWT Independent School employs a full time specialist Personal Development worker to work alongside the teachers to support positive behaviour to the young people. All staff receive training in order for them to apply the psychology of Choice Theory and Kolbs Learning Cycle.
Regular trips to Blacklands Farm also create opportunities for the young people to challenge themselves, develop coping strategies for managing fear and anger, and stretch their comfort zones.
We liaise with the student's mainstream school throughout the placement, to provide them with a fully comprehensive picture of the student at TWT. This is mainly through the production of weekly pupil progress reports which contains both academic and non-academic information, including any other issues that need to be resolved.
The academic information consists of the student’s targets in Maths, English, and other subjects (including vocational courses) that the student is taking. There is also a summary of the student’s attainment, effort, and general behaviour in each subject, explaining why they did or did not hit their target. The academic information will always contain information on any relevant grades/marks/tests that the student has taken within that past week.
The non-academic information covers more personal and social development areas relating to the student. It covers contributions to/at TWT and the wider society, healthy eating, their economic wellbeing regarding studies/college applications/jobs etc., their safety at and away from TWT, as well as any contact with parents/carers.