Students who are placed in a High Needs class follow the Glade Pathway, or students that need a high level of structure and routine throughout the day. These students have full access to the curriculum content; however they are not engaged in subject specific learning. Students typically communicate using objects of reference, vocalisations and/or gesture. Some use key words and short phrases.


Students have full access to the national curriculum which is differentiated to meet the needs of each individual learner,

Students learn through different activities and experiences in all subjects areas. They will develop skills in the following areas:

  • Communication – symbol/verbal communication
  • Emotional regulation – sensory circuits etc.
  • Engagement – persistence, concentration.
  • Initiation - during social structured activities, creative arts etc.
  • Transitions – moving around the school.
  • Generalisation – functional skills
  • Independence – e.g. structured learning approach

Students will learn skills using a structured approach and be supported to transfer these skills into other situations.

Social communication and interaction groups – mixed ability communication groups provide students weekly opportunities to interact with the peers. Activities include call and response, and the use of AAC for example switch work,

Students with sensory difficulties follow a daily sensory diet which may include sensory circuits


KS4 - ASDAN Transition Challenge

KS5 - AQA Unit Awards.


Each student on Glade pathway should have the opportunity throughout their time at Greenvale to experience within their classroom environment:

  • Creative arts – for example music off Canvass workshops
  • Community engagement – for example Step into Dance
  • Physical – for example cycling   
  • Weekly assembly
  • Termly whole school events – mutli-cultural week, Red Nose Day.

Assessment areas for recording 

  • Cognition and learning
    • English – Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening.
    • Maths – Number, Space Shape & Measure, and Using & Applying.
    • Technology – Science, Design Technology, and Computing.
    • Humanities – History, Geography, RE and MFL.
    • Arts – Music, Art and Drama.
  • Communication & Interaction
    •  Functional communication
    • Social interaction
  • Social, emotional and mental health
    • Sensory & Physical development – PE
    • Independence and self-help
    • Life skills – PSHE       
    • Behaviour development        
  • Enrichment                  
  • Other