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Teaching and Learning

In this Teaching and Learning section…

Curriculum Overview
Learning takes place in a safe and functional environment that is consistent and predictable. Teaching is highly structured, based on the TEACCH approach, and includes positive behaviour support.
Teaching within the school is bespoke to meet the individual strengths and learning. The teaching of new skills and concepts is approached through individual teaching or small group situations. All those who come into contact with the pupils play an important role in developing skills, knowledge and understanding. Staff, parents and other professionals work closely together to plan and implement a consistent, stimulating and appropriate curriculum.

All students have access to an appropriate curriculum according to their interests and learning needs which has been carefully assessed upon entering the school. After base-line assessment pupils are placed on one of three curriculum pathways:

  • Pathway 1 – Developmental curriculum;
  • Pathway 2 – Adapted P scale curriculum;
  • Pathway 3 – Adapted national curriculum.

Pupils are able to move from one pathway to another at any point during the year following an updated assessment.

All curriculum pathways are delivered through project themes for each term. This approach continues until Year 9. From Year 9 the curriculum places a greater emphasis on work related learning and skills needed for a fulfilling adult life and employment.

We will send all parents an overview of the curriculum that their child is going to study through the year. This will be arranged into broad topic areas over the six terms and will be a summary by class.

This information will be uploaded to this section of the website.

If you have any questions please feel free to ask your child’s teacher who will be happy to help.

Our Curriculum policy can be read here.


We will follow a range of Schemes of Work bespoke to our school and clearly linked to either the National Curriculum or the MSI Curriculum. When we have established the schemes of work bespoke to the school we will publish them on this page.

If parents/carers would like copies of any of our Schemes of Work please ask at the office.

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