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Phases & Classes

We currently have 12 needs based classes across Springside. Our classes are grouped into three phases of learners according to their needs.

In addition to our phase specific approaches we work with many professionals and offer specialised programmes, these include: Occupational Therapy, Therapeutic Interventions (Th.Inc.®), Speech and Language, Forest schools, outdoor learning and animal care, Hydrotherapy and many more.


The Early Years Foundation Stage offers a rich learning environment where each learners' key skills are developed through play.  The department has two classes who join together for music sessions, water fun, trips, assemblies and various events.  Within the Foundation Stage each learner learns to develop their independence, social skills, following simple routines and engaging in a variety of sensory activities. 


For our Experiential Learners an innovative curriculum offer is in place to best meet the needs of all the learners within the phase. The learners in this class learn through experiencing the world around them. Their curriculum is purposefully designed to ensure it is broad and balanced yet helps the learners to progress. Lessons for learners in this cohort are not subject-specific, they use the theme for that half-term and develop each area of focus from both their EHC Plan and other areas of priority, identified by all professionals who work with them.


For our Exploratory phase of learners the learners' 

curriculum is specifically designed to include Sensory integration alongside short activities, individually adapted that follow a similar routine each day.  The main aims of this broad and balanced curriculum are to enhance communication skills, increasing independence, introducing more formal learning skills,  developing more appropriate behaviour and improve self-regulation and self-control.

The learners within this phase learn about their world through exploration. Within this phase is 5 classes with distinct provisions, designed specifically to meet the needs of the learners within it. 


For our Investigative phase of learners we continue to prepare each learner for more formal learning environments.  We continue to deliver elements of the National Curriculum in a highly differentiated and individualised manner.  Within this phase there are 4 classes where learners are taught in predominantly needs based classes.  

We also work to ensure we are developing the independence of all our learners.  Each learners' capabilities are considered and individual needs are fully met, educationally, socially, emotionally and physically.