Our Approach

At Pathways School, a highly trained, multi-disciplinary team uses evidence-based approaches to deliver education and support overall development. The school is based on the principles of Positive Behaviour Support (PBS) and Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA). Teaching is a combination of 1:1 support and group sessions, depending on each pupil’s individual learning profile. Each student has a transition plan to reduce dependence on 1:1 support and access more group learning.

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/dentists’ clinics, local leisure centres, as well as mainstream schools.

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.

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.