Curriculum

Pathways School is founded on the principle that our students achieve to the best of their potential when they engage in a personalised curriculum tailored to meet their individual needs.

Our curriculum is aligned with the Independent School Standards (ISS) curriculum areas, (Literacy, Maths, Science, Arts, Technology, Humanities, Sports and P.E, and PSHE). It is also mapped against each pupil’s Individual Education Plan (IEP). The IEP is informed by the student’s Education Health and Care Plan which contains the required elements of longer-term planning. Pupils also work towards ASDAN and AQA Award Unit Certificates.

Physical Education is a critical part of the curriculum at Pathways. The school offers physical activity/sports sessions five days a week. These sessions are delivered using positive behavioural support strategies to optimise participation and learning.

The curriculum and IEP targets are based on initial and ongoing assessments. The behaviour analyst selects the most appropriate model based upon the individual learner’s profile. Assessments include: the Assessment of Basic Language and Learning Skills- Revised (ABLLS-R), the Verbal Behaviour- Milestones Assessment and Placement Program (VB-MAPP), Promoting Emergence of Advanced Knowledge (PEAK), Assessment of Functional Living Skills (AFLS), and Essential For Living (EFL).

The emphasis of our teaching is on functional communication, independent living skills and community skills. IEPs are discussed every term with parents, and progress is reviewed and reported in term reports at each pupil’s Annual Review and in annual reports.