Our Blue pathway is student centred, allowing the complex needs of our students to be fully met. Our students usually have profound and multiple learning needs in addition to physical difficulties, complex medical conditions and/or sensory impairment. Our students operate within early developmental stages and usually remain within this range throughout their time with us.
Each student has individualised lesson outcomes for every lesson, based on their long term EHCP outcomes. The staff to student ratio is usually one to one, resulting in students’ learning being constantly and consistently tracked while also providing a high level of personal care. Both teachers and teaching assistants have an in-depth knowledge of students’ needs and intended learning outcomes and know how to encourage and support these students in the best ways.
Built into the Blue pathway are 5 core areas of learning which are implemented into our students’ days. These are: My Body, My Thinking, My Communication, My Independence and My Social Development. Our lessons take a sensory format, where we try to inspire as many of the senses as possible. This may be by using particular music to help students have an experience, it may be to use scents and tastes to aid exploration or it may be to offer particular textures. For many of our learners, whole body awareness is a key priority, along with developing tools to aid communication such as making a choice or communicating a need. KS3 and KS4 students work towards the ASDAN ‘Towards Independence’ award and our KS5 learners work towards the ASDAN ‘Personal Progress’ award.
We repeat lessons over at least one half-term to help our students anticipate what is happening and begin to initiate new ways to explore or play or move. By working collaboratively with our school therapy department, we ensure the physiotherapy needs of our students are met. Similarly, our liaison with other educational professionals and outside agencies help us to constantly review our working strategies and develop best practice.
We monitor the learning of our students lesson by lesson; this takes the form of observational notes and photographic evidence. Due to the nature of the complex learning needs these students have, linear level assessment does not always best show the steps of progress made. We therefore track student progress and assess against their EHCP outcomes as an ongoing process. We feel it is important to celebrate the steps of progress our students make and strive to communicate this regularly with our parents/carers. We highly value home school communication and welcome parents/carers contributing to the learning outcomes of our students.
Blue Pathway Themes
Please don't hesitate to contact Natalie Tatum on 01353 662085 if you would like any more details about the Blue pathway.