Specialist Education Support Network

Every child deserves an education


SESN Curriculum


SESN’S curriculum is designed to inspire, raise aspirations and increase our students’ desire to succeed within their education. All learners will have access to a broad, balanced and highlighly personalised curriculum offer based around their individual learning and SEMH needs.  


You can access our Curriculum Policy 2020-2021 here

You can access our Curriculum Policy 2021-2022 here

We have high expectations of delivery and outcomes. We aim to remove the negative schemas of young people with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties which can lower expectations. Instead we raise those expectations by creating a whole school ethos where the students achieve their very best, rather than feel subjected to a requirement to comply with the system.

Subject and topics at our Centre are ‘uncovered’ rather than ‘covered’. We aim to increase our students’ imagination and desire to learn through making our subjects enjoyable and thought provoking. Students therefore will cover similar themes throughout their education and revisit topics to enhance their learning and progress a deeper understanding.


Our 2020/21 Qualifications


SESN are an approved Pearson and NCFE Centre and will be delivering the following qualifications within our 2020/2021 Curriclum alongside our GCSE and foundation subjects. 


  • BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award in Art and Design
  • BTEC Level 1 / 2 Tech Award in Enterprise
  • BTEC Level 1 / 2 Award in Home Cooking Skills
  • NCFE Level 2 Award in Child Development
  • BTEC Level 1 / 2 in ICT
  • BTEC BTEC Entry Level 2 Award/Certificate in Work Skills


Enriched Activities


SESN is required through the new Ofsted Framework introduced in Sept 2019 to develop their students "cultural capital". The framework further reflects on 'Personal Development' and how schools support children to learn skills and explore talents, develop character and reslience, and learn about British Values, diversity and mental health and wellbeing. 


SESN place high value in the learning and experiences our students take from outside of the classroom – this is reflected in our enrichment offer, which all students are able to access as part of their school day.


Sessions offered change from term to term and enable our students to focus on developing new hobbies or interests; skills or knowledge or to investigate and interpret current events.


Some of the sessions currently offered include:

  • Art
  • Music through soundLINCS
  • Cooking and Baking from around the World
  • Business and Enterprise
  • Equine Assisted Programmes
  • Work Experience Programmes