Diversity information

Within Pathway 1, we work with students with Complex Learning difficulties and disabilities (CLDD) and Profound Multiple Learn Difficulties (PMLD).


Pathway 1 provides an approach based on a sensory and experiential approach to learning. The pathway acknowledges what learners are motivated by and builds this into students learning opportunities.

The intent for the pathway 1 curriculum is to provide a personalised approach to learning, driven by EHCP targets and based around enabling communication and independence through a multi-sensory curriculum. The curriculum is characterised by shorter learning activities that follow a repeat and build model to ensure consistency and ensure small steps of progress are recognised.

The journey for the student through the department

The pathway focuses on developing the learner’s understanding both of the world around them, and of social interactions and relationships. It values the process as much as the achievement and it is flexible in order to be responsive to the needs of the individual learner. It is delivered in an integrated manner incorporating learning, therapy and health needs.

This pathway is built on knowledge of child development in order to support the sensory needs of all children developing independence and the ability to access their wider community.

Our Curriculum

Through observation and interaction, we consider what engagement and learning look like and what can be put in place to support students to become effective learners. 

Within this pathway our focus is to support individual students’ development holistically, creating a pathway for students which will enable them to develop the foundation to be able to develop key life skills, make choices and access their community.

Curriculum offer and focus

In Pathway 1, we deliver 6 curriculum areas:

  • My Communication

  • My Cognition

  • My World

  • My Care and Independence

  • My Creativity

  • My Physical

Sensory and Physical

To promote a sense of self through body awareness and movement sessions there is a focus on physical skill development and meeting sensory needs through warm water swim sessions, rebound therapy and soft play, alongside use of the Interactive room on site.

Class teams liaise with professionals involved in the health and wellbeing of our young people.  This multi-disciplinary teamwork involves physiotherapists, speech and language therapists, occupational therapists and the sensory inclusion service where appropriate.

enabling learning through a deep understanding of student need

Communication and Interaction

Students require people around them who are intuitive and responsive to any attempts to interact or communicate.

The curriculum focusses on the early communication, social and emotional and cognitive skills that are the foundation of learning. All classes work within a total communication environment to support the developing communication of our young people. 

Through a range of sensory activities and intensive interaction, including elements of Sherbourne and TACPAC pupils are given opportunities to respond (to events and activities) to interact (with others) and to communicate (express like/ dislike, request more and make choices). 


In Pathway 1, our Hub pupils are assessed using the Routes for Learning framework. Other classes in Pathway 1 are assessed using the Severndale Steps framework.  We record our observations of progress through the Solar app.