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Core Curriculum


Our Core Curriculum pathway is intended for our pupils who will be able to access a wide range of adapted National Curriculum subjects. In addition, strands relating to social communication and emotional regulation are a focus in line with young people with autism’s area of need.

We recognise there are 4 essential aspects of learning:

  • Learning skills
  • Communication and behaviour(including emotional regulation)
  • Social skills (including community)
  • Independence

To prepare our core pathway pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experience of adult life, and through rich and varied learning activities, including extra-curricular opportunities, we aim to:

  • Enable each pupil to make connections between different areas of learning.
  • Help each pupil to think creatively and be able to solve problems.
  • Develop each pupil’s capacity to learn and work both independently and collaboratively.
  • Enable each pupil to respond positively to each opportunity, challenge and responsibility.
  • Enable each pupil to acquire and utilise a broad range of knowledge, skills and understanding.
  • Develop independence in daily living skills.
  • Enable pupils as adults to engage in work opportunities and be an active and happy member of the community



The core curriculum is split into 8 areas:

  • Language and Communication (expressive and receptive language)
  • English ( including Reading and Phonics)
  • Maths
  • Science
  • Computing
  • Social communication and interaction
  • Emotional regulation


Cross curricular themes teach the breadth of a full adapted National Curriculum and are grouped in the following ways:

  • Science and Technology (Design and Technology and Computing)
  • Arts and creativity (Art and Design, Music and Drama)
  • Development and Health, Physical Development, PE, PSHE (including wellbeing)
  • Place, time, people and culture (History, Geography, Religious Education)


Staff have highly specialised knowledge of autism and associated challenging behaviours that may impede learning. Development of emotional regulation skills remains key to ensure young people on our Core Curriculum can access immediate learning opportunities and future life opportunities.


Some pupils will require intensive behaviour support from our Intensive Behaviour Support Team, who provide guided interventions throughout the school day. All staff are trained in low arousal approaches to challenging behaviour, support pupil’s development in self-regulation. Some children will have the ability to access the content of the core curriculum but require additional personal support plans to manage their challenging behaviours and develop self- regulation skills.


Adaptations of classrooms provide low arousal areas for structured learning .Provision of transport and staffing levels facilitate community based learning. Our therapy teams support integrated learning within the class and provide targeted sessions where required. Community visits support the learning in specific subject areas as well as develop social understanding and communication.

Support from our Family Services Team and effective multi agency working provide families with support networks to enable pupils and their families meet the challenges of having a young person with autism and/or additional needs in the family.



Young people demonstrate high levels of engagement in activities, developing their speaking, listening and social skills. They can draw upon knowledge and skills to access future opportunities, keep themselves safe and solve everyday problems with maximum independence.

Pupils will read with purpose for learning, to access community information, and for pleasure in chosen topic areas.

Assessment measures will show at least good progress from each pupils individual starting points and show development of academic knowledge learned and the ability to apply knowledge and skills for future learning.

See below our Core Curriculm Overview


To learn more about how we implement the core curriculum at Hedgewood School then please contact Pearl Greenwald at

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Hedgewood School
Weymouth Road, Hayes
Middlesex, UB4 8NF

Phone: 0208 8456756