S.P.A.C.E is taught by a qualified Teacher of the Deaf across the school and is supported by a number of Teaching Assistants. Their signing qualifications range from Signature level 2 to level 3.
S.P.A.C.E. pupils are offered personalised programmes of study in a range of personal, topical and controversial issues relating to their own lives and those on a more global scale.
The S.P.A.C.E. curriculum comprises modules from non statutory PSHE and the statutory Citizenship national curriculum and helps students to develop an understanding of their rights and their responsibilities as global citizens. At key stages three and four pupils study modules linked to sex education and the development of healthy relationships.
The S.P.A.C.E. curriculum prepares students to become active citizens of democracy, allowing them to apply their learning to real-life scenarios on both a local and global scale. The curriculum provides the opportunity for students to work individually to develop their own knowledge and also encourages students to work with others and take part in group activities to debate difficult issues and to bring about change. These topics include Human Rights, Europe and the European Union and Democracy and Government. A broad range of teaching strategies are used and can be adapted to suit the needs of particular pupils. These include role play, investigative learning and discussion.
The school nurse is actively involved in the delivery of topics relating to personal health.