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Curriculum Pathways

Due to the wide range of special educational needs we meet at Daventry Hill School, students follow a curriculum pathway.

We have three pathways at Daventry Hill School within the main school of Reception to Year 11, each of which have a distinctive curriculum offer. Students are continually assessed to identify the most appropriate pathway for them and may move between pathways during their school journey. In Post 16 there are 4 curriculum pathways based upon the students' outcome for adulthood. 

A diagram to show the organisation of the curriculum pathways.

There are approaches within each of these pathways which the students benefit from. These are used to further distinguish the needs of the students within pathways, in particular the Yellow and Green Pathways. These are also used to inform the organisation of the Foundations for Learning phase to aid assessment of the students' needs.




Links to Pathways



Students will likely have an ASD diagnosis.


Students will be operating between 8 and 26 months using the guidance in Development Matters

Students benefit from

  • a TEACCH style structure with workstations
  • a less stimulating environment
  • now and next communication
  • Clear chunks of learning throughout the day

The most complex students in this group will most likely move to our Yellow Curriculum Pathway. The remainder will move into the Green or Black Pathways.




Students will be operating between birth and 11 months using the guidance in Development Matters


Students will benefit from

  • a play-based approach
  • lots of built in movement
  • a child-led free flow provision
  • small group or 1:1 interventions
  • sensory based learning

Students in this group will most likely move to our Yellow Curriculum pathway




students will benefit from a mixture of both of the above approaches and will require flexibility in the approaches throughout the day





Students in this group will most likely move to the Green Pathway.





Yellow Pathway

This pathway focuses on communication, exploration and thinking skills. It uses a delivery style that is most beneficial for the students to be able to access learning. It builds on the pedagogy found in our Curiosity Approach which incorporates the Characteristics of Effective Learning and play schemes. Students accessing this pathway have access to a range of interventions such as TACPAC, Sensology and Attention Autism.

Students on this pathway will access English and Maths and have the option to be assessed at the same level as Black pathway learners with adaptations to their individual needs.

The majority of students in this pathway follow a sensory curriculum and benefit from:

      • a play-based approach
      • lots of built in movement
      • small group or 1:1 interventions
      • sensory based learning

Green Pathway

Students in this pathway benefit from a mixture of a Sensory and Structured approach to their learning (communication learners). It allows students to access the Black Pathway curriculum by utilising appropriate pedagogy from the Yellow Pathway. This means students may have access to a similar range of interventions to the Yellow Pathway but also follow a more traditional National Curriculum, though learning will often take place in very small chunks. The curriculum is sequenced to allow students to build upon their knowledge, understanding and skills.

Black Pathway

This pathway follows a more traditional National Curriculum offer. Learners are able to learn for longer periods of time and as such will have lessons between 30 minutes and 1 hour on each subject area.

Students in this pathway will access a suite of awards and accreditations in Skills for Life (KS4) which could include

  • Functional Skills in English, Maths and ICT
  • Level 2 Food and Hygiene
  • Princes Trust Award
  • Duke of Edinburgh
  • BTEC Level 1

We do not offer GCSEs as part of our curriculum.

Post 16 Pathways

Pathways are identified differently in post 16 to align with the ethos of the curriculum. Based on identified, aspirational outcomes for adulthood, students are placed in 4 different pathways:

Pathway 1 – Supported Living, Residential College, Day Services

Pathway 2 – Life Skills, Life Enriching Activity, Work Skills, Specialist College

Pathway 3 – FE College, Supported Employment, Traineeship

Pathway 4 – Employment, Apprenticeship, FE College

Pathways in post 16 are vertically grouped to provide stronger peer support and meaningful learning opportunities.