Our Approach

The school is based on the principles of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA).  These evidence-based approaches allow us to understand and individual’s behaviour more completely.  

Planning for each student at Pathways starts with our multi-disciplinary team (MDT), consisting of our Behaviour Analyst, Speech & Language and Occupational Therapists, Teacher and ABA Tutors.  This team collaborates to analyse evidence from the assessment and progress data of students to develop targets for each student’s Individual Learning Plans (ILPs) and Behaviour Support Plans (BSPs).

To deliver these targets we employ a combination of 1:1 tutor-supported and group learning sessions, depending on each pupil’s individual learning profile and the targets in our Pathway2Independence Curriculum. Dynamic risk assessments and transition plans for each student enable us to manage behaviour effectively, reducing dependence on 1:1 support and providing access more group learning.

Pathways School provides a capable learning environment where physical and human resources are used to the best effect for each student, whether in individual or group learning opportunities.

We are committed to the belief that learning does not take place only within a school. Our students learn functional living skills in real life situations. This may include shops and restaurants, doctors or dentists’ clinics and local leisure centres, as well as mainstream schools.

Ultimately, we recognise that parents/carers are the child’s first educators and that their knowledge and expertise about their child is of paramount importance. Close and continuous liaison with family members is a critical component of our approach.

Combining these principles with Martin Seligman’s PERMA model provides a solid foundation for each member of the community – students, their families and our staff – to flourish.

Positive Behaviour Support (PBS)

PBS is a person-centred framework for supporting children and adults with learning disabilities and/or autism, who have, or may be at the risk of developing challenging behaviours.

Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA)

ABA is the practice of applying the principles of how learning takes place to teach new skills and behaviours. It has been supported by over 50 years of scientific research. 

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