Our curriculum and how we teach

We provide an autism specific curriculum, referred to as the Functional Curriculum, as well as academic skills; the Academic Curriculum. Pupils are taught in small groups (typically 4 to 6 per class) depending on their individual needs. We use a child-centered, cross-curricular approach that is delivered entirely through multi-sensory teaching strategies. The curriculum is highly personalised and broken down in to manageable steps, based on the Early Years Foundation Stage, the National Curriculum framework and the Autism Education Trust (AET) framework.

In order to meet all of our pupil’s educational needs, we design a curriculum to suit every individual ensuring an exciting and meaningful experience, which we deliver through practical and visual learning. Our aim is to encourage your child to participate in class and enjoy learning, perhaps for the very first time.


Pupils can access the Eagle House School (Mitcham) Primary Curriculum at a progress and pace commensurate to their learning needs and style.

Pupils have full access to a broad functional curriculum that underpins and flows through the daily curriculum.

Pupils are learning all the time with every experience they encounter at school. Small achievable steps are celebrated, and pupils are instantly rewarded.


The special interests of pupils are at the centre of our teachers planning and serves to engage and motivate pupils towards learning.

Teachers and support staff work with multidisciplinary teams to implement the resources needed for pupils to access learning with their given needs and interests at the heart of the implementation.


Pupils entering our school are provided with a safe and secure environment where they can thrive, celebrate diversity and feel comfortable to take ‘chances’.

Pupils leaving for Secondary school, have the tools (academic, self-regulatory and functional) needed to support them through their continued education and to prepare them for the wider community.

How we adapt the curriculum to meet the needs of your child – 

We recognise that our pupils experience the curriculum in different ways and have different starting points. We make careful adjustments for your child in their classroom based on their Educational, Health & Care Plan and their baseline assessment, which happens within the first 6 weeks of them starting at our school.

Curriculum planning is carried out at 3 different levels of ability for each class topic and your child’s profile will help us to find the most suitable level for them.  Our teachers develop Schemes of work for all subject areas within each of the 3 levels for each topic and incorporate the special interests of your child to ensure that the lessons are relevant and motivating for them.

In order for your child to learn, they will need to have the ‘tools’ to effectively manage their autism. We do this using the Eagle House Approach with the support of the Curriculum Access Team (CA Team), who work together with every teaching team. This approach uses strategies and therapies that will support your child’s precise needs. These strategies focus on their academic and personal development looking at their communication and their behaviour, as well as their independence, social skills and their thinking and learning. Through this approach they will learn to start managing their anxiety and understanding how to cope with the confusing world they live in.

Our teachers are flexible in meeting the needs of your child – 

Teaching teams are fully flexible in meeting your child’s individual needs through:

  • many staff having degree level qualifications and above including Master’s degrees or other post graduate qualifications in special educational needs or autism
  • every class having a high staff to pupil ratio (2 to 4 learning support assistants per class)
  • collaborative working with the Curriculum Access Team (CA Team), who embed the Eagle House Approach in to the curriculum
  • supporting your child individually or in small group sessions depending on need for a different or specific approach (particularly for reading and writing)

This combination allows for maximum flexibility within the classroom.

Each teacher plans and records lessons meticulously, detailing every activity and outcome in order to ensure that your child’s individual targets and learning objectives are central to their learning. Your child’s learning outcomes are assessed and evaluated by staff on a daily basis and this keeps their learning on track.

Many of our pupils benefit from the real life experience of going out in to the community and leaving the classroom behind. This offers fresh opportunities to practise new skills and different activities. We ensure that they are personalised to develop each pupil’s language, social communication, independence and self-help skills. This flexibility is essential in order for the curriculum to remain relevant and exciting for each pupil through the different stages of their school career.

Additional support available to help your child reach their expected outcomes –

Additional support is available for pupils throughout the school day both in and out of the classroom. In the classroom, there is a high staff to pupil ratio to ensure that your child receives the support they need to achieve their learning outcomes.

Our in-house CA Team also underpins every class team embedding a range of therapeutic approaches, teaching methods, techniques and styles within a ‘total communication’ environment to support your child’s learning. This includes visual strategies and communication aids such as PODD (Pragmatic Organisation Dynamic Display, an alternative augmentative communication). This ensures that your child’s additional needs are supported and their learning outcomes remain on track.

The use of alternative and augmentative communication (AAC) approaches such as PODD is now widely accepted and used as a means for facilitating language and communication for individuals with autism. We use a wide range of visual support across the whole school, which benefits the understanding and expression of language for those with difficulties in these areas.

The CA team works with all pupils in the school but if your child’s Education, Health & Care Plan stipulates a greater level of support is needed, then they will work with them accordingly and dependent on their individual needs at any given time.

We hold weekly meetings to discuss pupils who may be struggling and will look at raising the level of support for as long as necessary. This will always be discussed in partnership with you.


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Eagle House School (Mitcham): 020 8687 7050

Head Teacher: Lorraine Titchener

Eagle House School (Bramley): 01483 912 080

Head Teacher: Tom Milson

Eagle House School (Sutton & POST 16 Department): 020 8661 1419

Head Teacher: Francesca Arocas

Eagle House School 6th Form (Strawberry Lodge): 020 3745 8760

Head Teacher: Francesca Arocas

Out of term: 020 8770 7788

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