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We are an area special school for the South of Derbyshire. We cater for a wide range of pupils with varying levels of need of communication and cognition. We recognise the importance of personalised outcomes for each of our young people and supporting all pupils to have as independent life as possible.

Pathways and Classes

In order to achieve this Brackenfield School adopts a Pathway Approach. The Pathways are designed to allow each pupil to become their best version of themselves. Each Pathway aims to develop functional lifeskills so that pupils leave Brackenfield ready to transition to the next stage in their lives. Pupils are placed in a pathway dependant on their cognitive, social/emotional and sensory needs. Each Pathway has 3 classes which are not necessarily in age groups. Pupils may remain in a pathway during their time at Brackenfield or may move between Pathways dependant on their needs and development. Each Pathway is overseen by a middle leader (Pathway Lead), classes are all teacher led with a team of STLAs (Specialist Teaching and Learning Assistants). All classes are classed based with access to toilets and their own kitchenettes, this is to remove the need for transition around the school buildings which our young people find challenging.  

Teaching, Learning and Curriculum Policy

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Our Pathways