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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 Pathway Curricula.  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.

Based on the Engagement Model

Needs-driven adaptive curriculum 

Based on National Curriculum  offer 

Designed for pupils  who may:

  • not engage in subject specific learning
  • have sensory impairment
  • have significant communication impairment

Designed for pupils  who may: 

  • be working at pre-national curriculum levels
  • be beginning to interact with the world around them
  • learn in a multisensory way

Designed for pupils  who may:

  • be working within the National Curriculum
  • actively interact with the world around them with increasing independence
  • learn in a multisensory way
  • be able to   engage in subject specific learning

Pathway 1 offers an exclusively therapeutic and entirely bespoke curriculum to meet pupils'  cognitive needs. 

The primary intent for learning is around:

  • Learning to communicate using a range of tools, as appropriate
  • Sharing attention
  • Recognising feelings
  • Preparing for the next stages in life

Pathway 2 offers a unique blend of therapeutic content and academic opportunities designed to support and extend cognitive understanding. 

The primary intent for learning is around:

  • Functional aspects of learning, including independence and communication
  • Linking learning together
  • Developing an awareness of own feelings
  • Being aware of and learning alongside others
  • Accessing elements of the National Curriculum as appropriate to developmental stages and interests
  • Preparing for the next stages in life

Pathway 3 offers full access to a relevant and appropriate academic curriculum across any and all subjects, at a pace which suits the child.   Pupils on this pathway will also have access to therapeutic services, as required.  The primary intent for learning is around:

  • Being independent communicators
  • Taking part in more formal learning activities
  • Working collaboratively with others, with support if needed
  • Accessing an adapted National Curriculum, according to starting points
  • Developing understanding of own feelings and those of others
  • Accessing National Testing if and when relevant
  • Preparing for the next stages of life

Find out more about our areas of learning and individual aspects below.