Discoverers Pathway

Aiming for independent living


The Discoverers’ Pathway is a semi-formal curriculum designed for students who have severe learning difficulties, who are typically assessed as being between P4 and the earliest levels of the National Curriculum.

Our students with severe learning difficulties have:

  • difficulties with communication

  • difficulties with abstract concepts

  • difficulties with attention

  • difficulties with memory

  • poor general knowledge

  • difficulties with generalising ideas and skills

(Imray and Colley)

Curriculum Areas

Students on the Discoverers’ Pathway will follow the Equals semi- formal schemes of work. Learning is delivered through 12 schemes of work:

  • My Communication

  • My Play and Leisure

  • My Thinking and Problem Solving

  • My Independence

  • My Music

  • My Dance

  • My Art

  • My Drama

  • The World About Me

  • My Sex and Relationships Education

  • My Outdoor School

  • My Physical Well-being

Throughout the curriculum there is a focus on developing the key functional skills that students will need to be as independent as possible in their adult lives.


Students on the Discoverers’ Pathway may work towards accreditation such as:

  • Duke of Edinburgh – bronze
  • Arts Award – discover
  • Asdan Personal Progress Level 1

Work Experience

Students in the secondary department may have opportunities for work experience.

Our Impact - How we Know 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 Personal Learning Intentions/EHCP goals
  • Progress towards therapy goals
  • Pupil progress meetings with teachers, therapists and families 3 times a year
  • Learning Journals
  • MAPP Assessment
  • End of Year Assessment using Pre-Key Stage 2 standards of Engagement Model
  • Behaviour Support Plans/Data
  • Accreditation outcomes
  • Feedback from work experience