The Semi-Formal Curriculum

Pupils at The Clare School follow one of three learning pathways – Pre-Formal, Semi-Formal or Formal. The Semi-Formal pathway is mainly for those who have Severe Learning Difficulties with a ‘spikey profile’ of emergent skills. Some of the time they may be able to access aspects of  the National Curriculum.

Semi-Formal pupils require a higher level of adult support, both for their learning needs and their care, and are likely to need some sensory and experience stimulation with their curriculum broken down into small steps. Some of our Semi-Formal pupils communicate by signing  (BSL), eye-pointing, E-Tran, Eyegaze, simple evolving language, communication with symbols, pictures, objects and PECS. Their attainment is likely to stay within the P-Levels.

All our Semi-Formal pupils follow highly individualised timetables, that link to their specific areas of development:

Communication and interaction

Sensory and physical development

Personal, Social Emotional and Mental Health

Every pupil’s Learning Support Plan links to the targets for progression set out in their ECH Plans and are reviewed annually.

For all our Semi-Formal pupils the individualisation of every timetable is the key to their progress. We use their interest and stimulation in specific areas to push their educational outcomes. This could be emergent speech, a flair for music, developing EyeGaze communication or exceptional ability in a single subject area such as Outdoor Learning.

Termly Curriculum Overviews


Form JH – Part 2

Form JH – Part 1

Form LJ/JB

Form KD

Form KH


Form JH

Form LJ/JB

Form KD

Form KH

To explore the intent, implementation and impact of our Semi-Formal Curriculum please click the link below:

Our Semi-Formal Curriculum Overview

Please also look at the progression of topic-based learning from Early Years through to Key Stage 3:

LTP Pre-formal Semi-formal – 2020-2024



From Key Stage 4 and into Sixth Form all pupils take part in appropriate examination and accreditation work.