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Valence School

Simmonds Pathway

Semi-formal approach

Students following our semi-formal curriculum learn best when learning is related to their own experience.  Some may learn through structured exploration; others will learn more effectively through functional activities, and yet others will respond to a topic-based approach.  The curriculum content broadly corresponds to the ground covered within the National Curriculum, but the teaching approach will reflect the age and learning needs of the students.

Older students working at the semi-formal level may be entered for Entry Level exams or for ASDAN qualifications.