At Springhallow School every pupil is valued as an individual and we celebrate all steps of progress including success in behaviour, independence and communication. Pupils are encouraged to achieve their full potential, to develop a desire to learn and to participate fully in school and where possible, the wider community. Pupils at Springhallow School follow a broad and balanced topic based curriculum centred around the new National Curriculum subjects and learning intentions.
Learning intentions are differentiated to meet each individual pupil’s learning needs at their specific stage within their development; it is therefore not an age related approach. It is a pupil centred approach.
Children with autism develop at different rates and do not always make progress in the way that we may usually expect, i.e. with a steadily increasing progress profile. They often learn unexpected things on par with their chronological age, while they may take longer to learn other seemingly ‘easy’ concepts or skills.
To ensure that we capture and meet each individual pupil’s learning potential, Springhallow School has adopted a new and very pupil centred approach to assessment. From September 2016, we are using a new assessment system called ‘ONWARDS and UPWARDS’.