Step by Step school uses the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis (ABA) and Verbal Behaviour (VB) to underpin all teaching and learning at our school.


Our pupil population ranges from ages 4-19 across the three phases of Primary Secondary and Sixth Form. To find out more information about Curriculum group work within the 3 Phases, please click on the relevant links below:

We have designed a functional curriculum that meets the needs of all of our pupils, and can be tailored to suit individual strengths and abilities. The skills we teach are relevant, accessible, functional and motivating.

Our curriculum is centred on the concepts of Intent, Implementation and Impact. We aim to achieve this through our shared values ‘LEARNS’ – Laughter, Evidence, Aspire, Respect, Nurture, and Safe. To find out more information please follow these links: (Curriculum Summary and Curriculum components).

Our curriculum is taught through a combination of 1:1 and small group teaching and accommodates the learning styles and communication systems of all pupils. We use visual aids, sign language and reinforcement (reward) systems in different situations to enhance its delivery.



Whole School enrichment opportunities such as; Comic/Sport relief, World book day and Children in need, are recognised and celebrated collaboratively across all phases of the school.

In their classes, all pupils take part in weekly onsite and/or offsite PE lessons. We offer a broad range of activities for example: Basketball, Circuits, Yoga, Nature exploration, Team games, and Athletics run by an in-house PE teacher. Pupils also have the opportunity to join in with collaborative PE and Games at Young Epilepsy once a term.

Target Setting

Each pupil has an Education and Health Care Plan (EHCP). This is used to produce an Individual Education Plan (IEP) in Primary and Secondary, or a Personalised Learning Plan (PLP) in sixth form. These are focused on during 1:1 teaching and generalised within group work.

The development of social skills underpins group work across the school. As pupils develop in competence and confidence they are able to have additional academic targets to work on, which are linked to the termly topic.