Specialist Provision (SP) Pathway


  • The Specialist Provision (SP) Pathway is tailored to the needs of students whose main barrier to learning is Complex ASD, Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD) and/or present challenging behaviours due to their learning barrier.


  • To embed and promote positive student well-being, confidence, independence, functional communication skills throughout the curriculum.

  • A broad & balanced curriculum at KS3 & KS4 following the National Curriculum, with an enhanced ASD provision, supporting  sensory regulation.

  • At KS5 the curriculum will focus on accreditations linked to life skills, independence and meaningful employability experience.

  • A specific Blended Learning offer is in place to engage and support students & their families, who need to self-isolate. (See Blended Learning Policy).

  • The pace and content of the curriculum has been modified in line with our Recovery Curriculum. (See Recovery Curriculum Policy.)


  • SP students within this pathway access a form tutor and TAs, to facilitate 1:1 supported, highly individualised therapy programmes. The curriculum is  tailored to the needs of students with ASD, this includes dedicated time for sensory programmes, therapeutic activities and TEACCH strategies, to support students to understand,  manage and regulate their feelings and emotions.

  • SP-Thrive students, with significant sensory needs and working at lower cognitive levels, will follow a ‘Thrive’ thematic curriculum.

  • SP-Explore students access a differentiated ‘Explore Pathway’ curriculum, taught by the class teacher, mainly class based.

  • SP Plus students may build up to their curriculum being delivered within other pathways, moving to a range of subject specialist teachers, in the Inspire pathway, for example.

  • Students within this pathway experience wrap around care from a range of multi-agencies including school nursing, physiotherapy, occupational health, speech and language therapists, CAMHS and social care.

  • We offer nurturing, mixed ability forms, which spend time reinforcing our PSHCE & well-being curriculum. This is called “Excellence for All: The 5 Steps to Wellbeing” (Connect, Give, Be Active, Take Notice, Keep Learning). Wider curriculum opportunities are celebrated and captured within the students personalised “Excellence for All” folders. Within this document students record their involvement within extracurricular opportunities for example: clubs, arts week, the school play, sporting events, PSHE drop down days and residentials.

  • Careers Education, Information Advice & Guidance (CEIAG) is threaded through the curriculum areas, e.g.  experiencing routines in a salon. Students access World of Work events in KS3 & 4 at an appropriate and meaningful level.

  • In Key Stage 5 the students are placed with the Inspire, Explore or Specialist Provision Pathways, depending on their academic progress through school and their expected destination post 19. Some students experience work-based placements, e.g. visiting a community café, or experience work environments, e.g. attending the College Salon, as appropriate to their cognitive and academic level. Some students will participate on the work based vocational programmes.


  • Year 7 students join us ‘working at ‘Early Years Foundation Stage Expected’ academic levels, through to working at ‘Yr2 Expected’ academic levels.

  • Students sometimes move between Specialist Provision and other pathways, e.g. Inspire, as students learn to regulate their emotions within the school environment.

  • We strive  for students to develop their independence and communication skills, to enable them to have their voice; and to enjoy being in the community, participating and contributing meaningfully. We strive for students to achieve the most appropriate academic qualifications, and life skills, to prepare them for being productive members of their community.

  • SP KS4 students work towards ASDAN accreditations, BTEC Food and Entry Level 1-2 qualification. Entry level qualifications provide functional skills in maths and English which are useful in everyday life.

  • SP Plus KS4 students may access some subjects within the Inspire pathway. Here they may work towards qualifications, which may include GCSEs Grade 1-2 (G-E), BTECs, Entry Level 3 and Level 1-2 qualifications.

  • KS5 students work towards achieving ASDAN Towards Independence Modules, Open Awards (Award or Certificate), focusing on life skills, preparing for adulthood and employability experiences. Some students move to apprenticeships,  employment, or further study.