The Recovery Curriculum

The Village School is facing a significant challenge in re-planning our curricula to enable pupils recovery time into school, curriculum and relationships. While the COVID-19 pandemic has changed many things, our curriculum framework continues to apply where our learners are at the heart of education.

1. Our Intent 

Our Recovery Curriculum aims to enable our pupils to continue to develop their emotional resilience, developing their self-regulation and learning how to learn in a school environment again. We are aiming to teach an ambitious and broad curriculum from the start of the autumn term, but we will make sure that we focus on the most important aspects for our learners. 

Our approach will be highly personalised and focusing on contributing to the filling of gaps in pupils core knowledge:

  • Consider the pupils’ mental health and wellbeing, attachment needs and make sure that our pupils receive additional support, so they are ready to learn.
  • Enabling effective communication, helping pupils discover their “voice”. 
  • Building up skills to rediscover full engagement in learning and allowing pupils access to the curriculum. 
  • Renew old and create new relationships with peers and staff. 
  • Assess where pupils are in their learning, and agree on what adjustments may need to be implemented within the school curriculum.
  • Identify and plan how best to support education for different groups of learners across the school. 

Students will need to focus on each stage with different periods of intensity and for varying amounts of time with​ the aim of returning to the school’s normal curriculum content by no later than summer term 2021.

2. Our Implementation 

Our school has identified a sequence of stages pertinent to our pupils’ population in order to help our children regain any losses of their emotional wellbeing and academic development associated with the impact of the outbreak. 

The curriculum has been designed to empower students to continue progressing towards their long term, pre-pandemic, aspirations outlined by the EHCP outcomes.

We are delivering the critical elements of learning focused on: 

  • Improving wellbeing
  • Communication  
  • PHSE  
  • Expressive arts  
  • Life skills - including cooking, and self-help skills  
  • Integrating an OT and physio program  
  • Sensory integration and self-regulation  
  • Learning to learn behaviours 
  • Physical development 

Our plan involves three stages:

Stage 1

Stage 2

Stage  3

Class teams divided in cohort A and B attending in school.


Most vulnerable children and with most complex behaviour needs will remain at home.

They will be supported by online learning/ home packs, etc.


All pupils from cohorts A, B Complex behaviour needs will be back in school.


Most vulnerable children will remain at home.


They continue to be supported by online learning/ home packs, etc.

All children are back in school. 

3. Our Impact 

Our curriculum planning will be informed by an assessment of pupils’ starting points and addressing the gaps in their knowledge and skills, making effective use of regular formative assessment. As​ a starting point, we will take the current Annual Review outcomes as a skill indicator. Teachers will use formative assessment to identify gaps in learning and personal development and after the first two weeks, we will ask them to write two outcomes focused on:

  • Communication
  • Wellbeing and mental health (including behaviour)

In line with our school aims, the two targets will be set for each of our students, where relevant and aligned with the stages of our Recovery Curriculum. 

Please see below the detailed outline of our Intent, Implementation and Impact of our Recovery Curriculum.

4. Delivering remote education  

In the light of the risk of the COVID 19 virus, we recognise that some of the children will have to remain at home due to the complexity of their health needs or those who require very high levels of behavioural support. Remote education will be integrated into school curriculum planning. Remote education will be an essential component in the delivery of the school curriculum for some pupils, alongside classroom teaching. There​ might be cases where a pupil or group of students need to self-isolate or​ there is a local lockdown requiring pupils to remain at home.  


You can find a detailed document explaining our Recovery Curriculum below: 


Title Date  
The Recovery Curriculum 09th Sep 2020 Download