The Shrubberies School

Curriculum Progression Pathways

The Shrubberies Pathway Curriculum is;

A curriculum that is ambitious and designed to give all learners the knowledge and cultural capital they need to succeed in life. It builds and strengthens self-agency as a result of a sense of self and awareness of their place in the world. It provides the knowledge and skills for future learning, life experiences, independence and employment.  It is a holistic curriculum that is coherently planned, sequenced and allows for personalisation. It is designed to meet the needs of all of our children no matter what their level of SEND.

We believe that a hierarchical, small steps curriculum does not meet the idiosyncratic nature of our children’s learning or meet the aspiration for their future. The curriculum should not be driven by small tick list steps where children are taught as a homogenous group. We are passionate to develop a curriculum that is holistic and recognises the individual needs, aspirations, interests and destinations of our students. Due to the nature of our students the curriculum is not chronologically structured. It allows students to work at the developmental stage appropriate to their needs.  We acknowledge the development of a curriculum designed by Swiss Cottage School Development and Research Centre and the work of Penny Lacey (2011). We have taken their influences and have, collaboratively, worked on a curriculum that is flexible and that allows students to have a personalised Curriculum that is aspirational for their future.

This Pathway Curriculum has been designed to meet the needs of our commissioned cohort of students who have Severe or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties. It can, in exceptional circumstances, be adapted to meet the needs of those with Moderate Learning Difficulties.


Curriulum Aspects

Skills, knowledge and concepts (learning intentions) progress from left to right, however students can take a personalised route depending on their individual needs and what is the priority for their next stage of education, life and/or employment.  

Please feel free to have a look at our exciting developments and we welcome comments and feedback.