Pioneers Pathway

Aiming for the World of Work


Students following the Pioneers’ Pathway will be working within National Curriculum levels. We recognise that although these students are able to engage in subject based learning and to make linear progress, they will still have significant difficulties with developing the key skills that will enable them to function independently as adults. We are therefore implementing a formal curriculum, based on National Curriculum subject based learning that emphasises communication, life skills, independence, health and well-being and functional skills.


Learning will be organised into traditional subject areas:

  • English

  • Mathematics

  • Science

  • Computing

  • Personal, Social and Health Education

  • Geography

  • History

  • PE

  • RE

  • Art and Design

  • Design Technology

  • Music

  • Modern Foreign Languages



Students following the Pioneers’ Pathway may be included in our satellite provisions at Garlinge Primary School or Hartsdown Secondary School.

Students in Sixth Form may attend East Kent College to complete ICT accreditation.



Depending on the needs of the individual student, they make take some of the following accreditation.


  • ICT Entry Level 1-3

  • Unit Awards in Arts

  • Duke of Edinburgh - Bronze, Silver and Gold

  • AQA Unit Award Scheme in Cooking

  • Supported Internship or Work Experience

  • Edexcel Prevocational Studies Entry Level 2

  • AQA Unit Award in Sport

  • Edexcel Entry Level Mathematics and English Entry Level 1 to 3


Students will have a range of opportunities to prepare them for the world of work. These experiences will be personalised to meet the needs and interests of individual students.

These experiences may include:

  • Work experience at “Tuck by Truck”

  • Experience of horticulture at the allotment

  • Experience of work in retail

  • Experience of work in catering and hospitality

  • Experience of office work.


Our Impact – how we know that our students are making progress

We will use a basket of indicators to tell the full story of each student’s unique learning journey.

  • Progress towards EHCP goals

  • Progress towards therapy goals

  • Progress meetings in terms 2 and 4

  • Progress captured on Evidence for Learning in Learning Journals

  • Linear progress within the National Curriculum captured on Evidence for Learning.

  • Accreditation outcomes

  • Behaviour Support Plans/Data

  • Feedback from work experience or supported internship