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Aspire Primary School

​​​​​​​Individual For All, Aspirational For Everyone​​​​​​​

Learning pathways & Curricula

At Aspire School, we deliver a needs-based approach to learning and teaching, centred around our Pathways.  We are aspirational with our learning offer and believe that all pupils   can achieve great things. Our bespoke Pathway model    is designed to meet the needs of pupils within our school whist creating a culture of learning together with increasing independence. 

We want all of our pupils to reach their full potential and our offer of different pathways means we can be flexible and progressive, enabling  pupils to move between pathways as appropriate.   

All pupils, regardless of pathway and level of need, will follow a personal development curriculum linked to their individual starting points.


Our curriculum intent is for all children to leave Aspire as:

  • Confident communicators in whatever form they use most effectively

  • Active members of their community who uphold Fundamental British Values

  • Creative and able to engage in a range of positive activities and experiences

  • Healthy and supported where necessary to maintain this through positive choices

  • Resilient and able to regulate and manage change with necessary support

  • Able to advocate for their own needs and differences

  • Able to live as independently as possible and access secondary education then college, apprenticeships or employment in later life (where appropriate).


Common Aspects

Specific Aspects

Our Offer


We will do this through:


Functional and



focussing on

life skills and


are a key aspect

of learning in

all Pathways.


supports such

as sensory or


adaptations are

available to all


regardless of

their pathway

(See Core Offer)

We offer a curriculum which tracks the child’s interests and preferences using the Engagement Model to motivate, inspire and  promote learning

  • Supporting communication using a range of signs, symbols and tools, as appropriate
  • Sharing attention
  • Supporting recognising feelings
  • Helping to prepare for the next stages in life
  • Supporting children to understand the importance of people, places and objects in the context of their wants and needs
  • Developing curiosity and an interest in a range of activities.


We offer a needs-driven adaptive curriculum where learning opportunities engage, excite and extend cognitive                   understanding

  • Teaching functional aspects of learning, including independence and communication
  • Linking learning together
  • Supporting developing an awareness of own feelings
  • Encouraging being aware of and learning alongside others
  • Accessing elements of the National Curriculum as appropriate to developmental stages and interests
  • Helping to prepare for the next stages in life.


We offer full access to a relevant academic curriculum across all         subjects, at a pace which suits the developmental level of the child

  • Supporting children to be independent communicators
  • Working collaboratively with others, with support if needed
  • Teaching an adapted National Curriculum, according to starting points
  • Supporting a developing understanding of own feelings and those of others
  • Accessing National Testing if and when relevant
  • Helping to prepare for the next stages of life.


We offer a trauma-informed pathway with a nurturing approach to promote emotional regulation, positive behaviour support and develop emotional intelligence

  • Understanding behaviour as a form of communication
  • Supporting children to recognising their own feelings
  • Teaching and modelling social and emotional skills, including positive behaviour strategies
  • Provide space and resources to respond to negative feelings
  • Building Positive relationships with the child and their families
  • Setting expectations and praising efforts
  • Supporting an understanding of their own needs and to develop advocacy for these positively.