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Supporting Excellence

The Social, Emotional & Well-being Curriculum

Social Skills

The Social Skills programme has been developed collaboratively by the multi-disciplinary team to help pupils relate the knowledge and skills acquired throughout the curriculum to their everyday lives. The curriculum presents pupils with a range of settings: school, home, the community, college and work, and develops skills required for each through role play and community visits wherever possible. In each scenario useful concepts, vocabulary and phrases are directly taught and pupils rehearse associated social skills. Pupils may, for example, need help to understand different ways of speaking in different contexts and how tone of voice and posture can influence meaning. Learning in this subject continues across the curriculum, as all staff focus on developing pupils’ life skills in their own subjects.     


Preparation for Adulthood

During KS4&5 pupils undertake a range of activities in preparation for adulthood.

These include:

  • Employability skills session
  • Travel Training
  • Life Skills/ Independent living skills
  • External Speakers – Careers
  • Enterprise activities
  • Work experience opportunities around the school


Enrichment Activities

The enrichment programme at Grove House is crucial to the delivery of the curriculum aims. An integrated programme of activities contributes a number of positive outcomes:


Pupils spend informal time with their peers developing social skills and the confidence to communicate on a daily basis. Enrichment activities provide an opportunity for pupils to develop new social circles across the year groups, contributing very positively to the life of the school community.


Current School Clubs include:

  • Reading
  • Coding/ ICT
  • Sing & Sign
  • Football
  • Dungeons and Dragons
  • Board games
  • Drama
  • Dance
  • Keyboard Club
  • Library Club


Many more opportunities for social and emotional development are built into the daily and weekly routines at Grove House.  These include:

  • Forest School (Primary)
  • Duke of Edinburgh (Year 9 onwards)
  • Themed days/ celebrations
  • Charity Events
  • Weekly celebration assemblies
  • Musical/ drama productions
  • School Council
  • Weekly reflection
  • Visits out to support the curriculum


Pupils take lead responsibilities in a number of areas including:

  • Well-being ambassadors
  • E-safety leaders
  • Communication leaders
  • Librarians