Our Curriculum

Curriculum Overview

At The Key Education Centre, our curriculum focuses on preparing our pupils for life in modern Britain. For many pupils who join us at the centre, their experiences of learning thus far have been detrimentally impacted by a wide range of academic and/or emotional barriers. Consequently, our curriculum seeks to reignite a passion for learning across a range of subject areas whilst being fundamentally underpinned by the valuable skills they will need for life beyond The Key.

Our provision gives access to traditional ‘core’ curriculum areas such as English, Maths, Science and PE alongside our ‘foundation’ subjects Design & Technology, Art, Humanities, Media, Health and Social Care and Food Technology. Students at KS3 and KS4 also access our Life Skills programme which covers a broad range of topics outside of the traditional curriculum. Life Skills also includes the main body of our careers programme and incorporates much of the statutory content required within the RSE curriculum. RSHE is also delivered on a weekly basis as part of our tutoring programme.

Pupils are supported to achieve accreditation at a range of levels - with all students having access to GCSE and Functional Skills qualifications alongside our use of BTEC qualifications and Arts Award which is supported by Hampshire's Horizon 20:20 project.

The curriculum at The Key Education Centre is overseen by our Assistant Head teachers for Pedagogy, Progress and Curriculum, Miss Emma Wood (Gosport) and Mr Neil Williams (Havant). Curriculum audits and other quality assurance tasks are undertaken throughout the academic year to ensure that the provision provided ensures the best outcomes for the pupils at the Key.


All pupils study English in KS3 and KS4. English teaching is supported by our whole school Word Power initiative which seeks to expand pupils' vocabulary (in response to the findings of Alex Quigley in Closing the Vocabulary Gap, 2018) and our emerging Raising Readers programme which aims to encourage pupils to find enjoyment and confidence in reading (in response to Alex Quigley Closing the Reading Gap, 2020).

English intervention programmes are utilised to support identified learning need and learning gaps.

All pupils are supported to achieve Level 1 and/or Level 2 Functional Skills English qualifications during the course of their time at The Key

KS4 pupils are entered for the English Language GCSE and, where appropriate, the English Literature GCSE.


All pupils study Maths at KS3 and KS4. Maths teaching is also supported by the use of the online programmes MyMaths and Times Table Rockstars which support pupils to access additional maths content outside of lessons.

Maths intervention programmes are utilised to support identified learning need and learning gaps.

All pupils are supported to achieve Level 1 and/or Level 2 Functional Skills Maths qualifications during the course of their time at The Key

KS4 pupils are entered for the Maths GCSE and, where appropriate, some pupils can be entered for the Statistics GCSE.


All pupils study science at KS3 and KS4. As part of our KS3 curriculum, pupils have the opportunity to complete an Entry Level qualification in Science. The aim of this course is to build pupil confidence in their ability to access the science curriculum and aid their transition to KS4. All pupils at KS4 cover the GCSE Single Science Biology Course. Pupils are able to complete a Combined Science course or the Chemistry and Physics courses where appropriate.

Life Skills

Life Skills is accessed by all pupils in KS3 and KS4. The Life Skills curriculum includes careers and post-16 education, mental health and sex and relationship education. The curriculum also supports explication teaching of matters related to British Values such as the Rule of Law and democracy alongside exploration of equality and diversity issues and other topics which support pupils' personal development

Design and Technology

Design and Technology is taught to pupils at KS3 and KS4 and provides them with the skill to be able to design and create a range of products.

Pupils in KS4 have the opportunity to achieve an NCFE or GCSE accreditation


Art is accessed by all pupils in KS3 and KS4. Our Art teacher work closely with Hampshire Cultural Trust's Horizon 20:20 programme which gives our pupils access to a range of practicing artists and experience of working in different mediums.

Pupils are supported to achieve Arts Awards Accreditations at Bronze, Silver and Gold level.


Pupils in KS3 and KS4 all have access to weekly catering lessons. The subject seeks to provide pupils with an understanding of food from a range of different cultures, how to cook on a budget and the principles of healthy eating. These lessons also support pupils basic literacy and numeracy skills alongside their communication skills.

Pupils have the opportunity to achieve a Level 2 Health and Hygiene accreditation to support future employment.


Humanities is taught to all KS3 pupils on the Gosport site. Many of our pupils missed key learning during their primary school years so our curriculum seeks to respond to learning gaps and support the development of our pupils' cultural capital through exploration of a range of topics linked to history, geography and religious studies.


All pupils in KS3 and KS4 participate in PE lessons each week. Our PE curriculum supports pupils to understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle, team work and how engaging in physical activity can support self-regulation and mental health.

Pupils in KS4 have the opportunity to achieve a V-Cert accreditation.


Drama is offered to all pupils on our Havant site. The aim of this subject is to encourage pupils to build their confidence, communication and team work skills alongside exploring and understanding emotions.

Media and Film Studies

Media and Film Studies is a KS4 only subject offered on our Gosport site. Pupils undertaking this course have the opportunity to achieve a BTEC Tech Creative Media Production Level 2 accreditation. Media and Film Studies is encourages pupils to explore how they are influenced by media alongside understanding issue of representation in the media. Media and Film studies supports aspects of the RSHE curriculum.


Our work with Bedales is currently on hold due Covid-19 restrictions but we hope to return to working with them as soon as it is safe to do so. For information about our work with Bedales, please follow the link below.

Careers and Post-16

Careers Education is predominantly delivered through our Life Skills curriculum. All pupils in KS4 are supported to explore Post-16 options and apply for future destinations alongside 1:1 careers advice. Our Careers and Post-16 provision is underpinned by The Gatsby Benchmarks.


RSHE at The Key covers the statutory requirements of the RSE Curriculum as well as covering a range of content related to pupils' personal development. Aspects of RSHE are mapped throughout our curriculum but it is also delivered on a weekly basis as part of our tutoring programme.