Primary Department

Rathore Primary Department comprises of 11 classes which includes two multi-sensory specific groups following a multi-sensory curriculum. The other nine classes, J1 to J9, are grouped by age and follow the Northern Ireland Curriculum adapted to meet the ability levels of the pupils.

Learning and teaching across the department takes a topic approach with schemes of work being developed for each curricular area. From the schemes of work, mid term planners are developed by each teacher to meet the specific meets of their class.


 A multi-disciplinary approach is promoted across the department and the therapy team work in partnership with classroom staff to ensure suitable programmes are in place for class groups and individual pupils as required.

The pupils across the department join together for assembly -Lower Primary Classes /Thursday , Upper Primary Classes /Friday -to celebrate the events of the week.

We have two multisensory classes in the Primary Department. In addition to their severe learning difficulties , pupils may have other significant difficulties , such as physical , sensory impairment or a medical condition .

The two Multi-sensory class provide a nurturing , holistic and  child centred environment where  the pupils have access to a carefully planned , highly differentiated and well  resourced curriculum which is assessed using “Quest for Learning”, a bespoke assessment tool.

Additional Support Department

This is a small department consisting of two classes which incorporates pupils from both primary and post primary departments .  Each class has a small number of pupils with a high staff pupil ratio, to provide the pupils with the additional support and high intensity programme which they require.  Our department maximises opportunities for our pupils who require more structure and support to help them manage and cope with day to day situations.  The additional support classes provide the pupils with an opportunity to put in place consistent strategies which are built upon and used effectively assisting pupils in coping with school life.