The new curriculum at Southview School is driven by the needs and interests of the students. By asking the students what they enjoy learning about we have endeavoured to create a varied and captivating rolling programme, whilst also ensuring it is broad and balanced, apt and relevant. In response to a questionnaire sent to all the parents and carers, self esteem and the ability to express needs and wants were seen as very important. Life skills and giving the students the tools to live safely and fully within society are also key components of this new and evolving curriculum. We have a thematic approach to the curriculum and this is deliberately left quite open so that teachers can tailor lessons to the ability of their particular students.