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Main School Body Years 12 -14
Below are the different routes you can take in Years 12- 14 Main School Body

Pathway One - Employability & Independence Years 12-14

Through the skills for Employability and Independence course, we aim to support the aspirations of all our young people to ensure that they gain the understanding, skills, and experience they need to make progress and succeed in learning, life and work. We believe that this effective program not only contributes to their well-being but also to the wellbeing of their families, the communities to which they belong, wider society, businesses and the economy.

The main aim of the skills for Employability and Independence course is for students to develop a positive attitude to employment, Independence, transition and their future. By promoting self-awareness and enabling students to make well informed educational, vocational and training choices; they will have the skills to manage the transition from education to new roles including employment.  Students will develop practical skills that may be used in the workplace and adult life in conjunction with functional and independent living skills.


The curriculum for English at Redwood school is central to the development, progress, achievement and attainment of our students. The ability to communicate, whether through speech, writing or non-verbal gesture, is pivotal to our students’ engagement with, and understanding of, the world around them.  The English curriculum is designed to give all our students a broad and balanced experience of language and literature, ensuring that their learning experience is relevant and engaging. Learning is planned and sequenced to ensure that accumulated knowledge can be revisited, consolidated and enhanced as pupils journey through Redwood.

Throughout their time at Redwood, students are given opportunities to progress and achieve in English at a level which is appropriate for their needs.

The focus of English across KS5 is to develop functional skills in preparation for adulthood and to enable further independence and self-advocacy.   Almost all students at REEC are working at Entry 1 or above and are following the Pearson Edexcel Functional Skills programme, leading to formal accreditation. Those that can achieve GCSE are given the opportunity to do so.  This programme of study helps develop a set of skills which are more applicable to the workplace whilst continuing to build on the English skills gained across KS3 and KS4 to facilitate the transition into independent adults.

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