Curriculum

Art

Provides a unique opportunity for pupils to observe, design, imagine communicate and appreciate the world around them. They will be given the opportunity to develop creative thinking skills through designing and making a range of media, painting, ceramics, glass painting, tattoo design and printmaking.

English with Media

Pupils will have the opportunity to gain and improve knowledge written and spoken language and understanding of various written forms of expression; persuasive, creative, descriptive and critical. Pupils will learn how to express themselves creatively through a range of written oral and listening activities.

Personal Development

As a strand of Learning for Life and Work, Personal Development provides opportunities to promote self-confidence and self-esteem. It recognises the importance of managing factors that may influence physical emotional and mental health through exploring relationships. It provides opportunities to understand the importance of forming and maintaining relationships throughout life.

Information Communication Technology (ICT)

ICT is delivered through a variety of media as a cross-curricular theme. It is used to enhance the learning experience of pupils as they are encouraged to use a range of programmes and a variety of software; ipads, chromebooks, interactive boards, and desktop computers.

Mathematics and Numeracy.

This is fundamental to life in the sense that it is a unique language that allows pupils to use creative thinking to calculate, estimate, problem solve and to see the relevance of mathematics in real life situations. It creates avenues of communication, application of number and use of ICT.

Local and Global Citizenship

We fully support the aspirations of CRED: Community Relations, Equality and Diversity. In Citizenship Pupils develop an understanding of the role as important citizens in the community and society as a whole. They identify the rights and social responsibilities in relation to local, national and global issues. They respond to the challenges of diversity and inclusion in Northern Ireland.

Home Economics

Home Economics in The Link Centre is hands on and practical. Each week people who have a practical class where they cook a dish to bring home to share. Home Economics helps pupils develop transferable skills such as working together, managing their own behaviour within a group and using their thinking skills to work through practical problems. It introduces pupils to the food and customs of other cultures, gives pupils an experience of fun in learning and food preparation. We will be preparing a variety of dishes including home baking, using pastry, cooking with meat and preparing vegetarian dishes. Where KS4 pupils are following Hospitality courses we aim to support their school studies with practical classes in The Link Centre.

Physical Education

The young people have the opportunity to experience a number of physical activities that enhance their physical fitness they are encouraged to monitor and improve a personal performance throughout the placement.

Life and Social Skills

This helps pupils to develop their social and emotional skills and to better manage their emotions. Pupils and staff engage in activities to promote a culture of tolerance, respect and forgiveness, emphasizing the importance of CRED at the Link Centre

Numeracy and Literacy Skills Development

This time is used as a way of building relationships with pupils and promoting an enjoyment of reading and working with numbers, thereby increasing confidence and competence.

Activities

Every day, pupils can achieve activity time dependent on reaching a target score of 60/65 of a possible 90 points awarded for effort and behaviour throughout the day. They will have an opportunity to enjoy 20 minutes of a chosen activity as a reward. Pupils who do not meet the required target score are asked to have a chat with a staff member about the reasons why they did not meet the target and complete a piece of work instead.

Relaxation and Complementary Therapies

Relaxation is an excellent tool to help relieve stress, assist sleep and help us cope with the frustrations of daily life at school or at home. During their time at the Link Centre, students will be offered the opportunity to experience various relaxation therapies e.g. Reiki, Auricular Acupuncture and Aromatherapy.

Employability

Education for Employability can deliver the necessary skills and personal qualities, knowledge, understanding and attitudes to help young people prepare for the world of work. It will also provide opportunities to visit outside agencies and facilitators to help with making decisions about the future.

Environment

Pupils will have the opportunity to demonstrate and develop skills and using maps and methods of data collection when researching facts and figures of countries around the world. They will discuss and learn about different cultures and demonstrate creativity when completing their project.

Personal and Social Development (PSHE)

As a strand of LLW, PSD provides opportunities to promote self-confidence and self-esteem both in classroom and externally based interactive opportunities. Personal Strengths such as resiliency and social awareness are all addressed during PSD.

Relationships and Sexuality Education RSA

The main responsibility for the delivery of RSE lies within the pupils mainstream school. At the Link Centre we engage the independent charity Love for Life to deliver four to six-week program designed to equip young people with knowledge, skills and values necessary to make good choices when it comes to relationships and sex. This happens for every group .

End of Day Review

At the end of activity time, a review of the day takes place. Pupils and staff have an equal opportunity to comment on the highs and lows of the day and to chat about personal targets for the future.

Educational Psychology

All pupils are offered regular session with the Educational Psychologist, where they have the opportunity to explore important issues in their lives.

Home Link

We are keen to welcome and work alongside our parents. Each placement has a Home Link Programme when parents and family members are invited to come and work alongside their children in the Home Economics class on 2 occasions, preparing dishes, and doing art work thereby sharing in the cross-curricular themes Maths, Literacy, and Art.

Home Link

Helping Us To Help You

We welcome parents’ involvement in the following ways -

  • Ensuring children attend as agreed and phoning us when your child is absent.
  • Praising and rewarding your child each day when he/she has reached their target.
  • Signing the weekly report sheet.
  • Keeping us informed of any change of address or contact telephone number.
  • Helping your child with homework/reading.
  • Encouraging safe behaviour in buses and taxis.

The following policies are available for parents to read if they wish;

  • Administration of Medication
  • Anti-Bullying
  • Community Relations Equality Diversity (CRED)
  • Critical Incident
  • Curriculum
  • Drug Education
  • Educational Visits
  • Health and Safety/First Aid
  • Health and Wellbeing Procedures - including Sun Protection and SDQ
  • Medical Emergency Procedures
  • Pastoral Care with Key Teacher Role
  • Positive Behaviour Management including Team-Teach Safe Handling
  • Relationship and Sexuality Education
  • Safeguarding and Child Protection
  • Staff Code of Conduct
  • Student Acceptable use of the Internet Policy and Agreement
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Student Participation Policy.