Our Pathways

Next Steps Pathway

Overview of Next Steps Pathway

This curriculum supports pupils who have complex barriers to learning that mean they are unable to access a mainstream offer currently or in the near future.  These pupils are most likely to need a long term specialist placement in the longer term although a few may be able to access mainstream school subsequent to placement within the Trust.  The curriculum is delivered through a blended approach of 1:1 teaching, on-site group teaching and/or online learning.  Lesson delivery is through discreet subject teaching at Key Stage 2, 3 and 4.  The taught curriculum is derived directly from the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2, 3 or 4 and aligns with on-site curriculum delivery to ensure pupils are able to join larger groups if/when they are ready in order to complement their existing offer.  Placement length and level of weekly support is varied and dependant on presenting pupil need.  The initial curriculum offer is therefore focused on ensuring pupils access core subject teaching within English, maths and science as well as weekly sessions within PSHE and R.E.  Weekly opportunities for Physical Education are also incorporated into the weekly offer.  Depending on key stage, curriculum objectives may be taught concentrically or sequentially across subjects.  Both methods of curriculum delivery have been carefully mapped out by subject teachers and ensure pupils have opportunities to revisit and embed learning.  Subject programmes of study span from Year 3 to Year 11 and teaching is responsive to the age/stage of the pupil when he/she arrives within the Trust.

Next Steps Pathway: Minimum Expectations

The Foundations of the Next Steps Pathway

  • An aspirational vision for each child that is underpinned by a belief that all children and young people can successfully access learning.
  • A commitment to developing positive attitudes towards learning with all pupils.
  • A clear and progressive curriculum offer which outlines key skills and experiences.
  • A regular and clear review process to ensure the curriculum offer remains aspirational and appropriate to current presenting need.
  • Access to the Raedwald Trust curriculum through Quality First teaching.
  • Use of Individual Learning Plans to support clear links between teaching strategies and pupils presenting needs (including those linked to an EHCP).
  • An effective assessment system which supports teachers with identifying and filling gaps in understanding.

The Teaching of Our Next Steps Pathway

  • The Head of School/Head Teacher will ensure that succession planning is identified early for all pupils. This will include bi-weekly reviews of curriculum offer and opportunities to amend.
  • When appropriate, HoS/HT will be responsible for transitioning pupils onto an alternative pathway and/or making referrals for reintegration back into mainstream (through IYFAP or alternative appropriate procedures).
  • Upper Key Stage 3, where appropriate, will be prepared for GCSE level options and independent study skills.
  • At Key Stage 4, the Head of School/Head Teacher will have responsibility to ensure each pupil has the opportunity to be entered for at least 5 GCSEs.

Minimum Curriculum Expectations:

  • Weekly face-to-face teaching which includes access to:

– English, maths and science


  • Blended learning offer that is supported by online learning and outreach support.
  • Access to at least 2 hours of Physical Education each week.
  • Opportunity to access vocational learning (if appropriate).
  • Opportunity to access off-site activities (if appropriate).
  • Completion of entry assessment and transition unit