The quality of teaching, learning and assessment is highly effective. Staff have an excellent understanding of autism and the needs of individual pupils.

Ofsted Education inspection report, January 2018

PriorPart of what makes our approach so successful is the high level of expertise we maintain amongst staff members. Our approach is based on TEACCH methodologies - world renowned for its effectiveness in supporting those with autism. An exceptionally strong focus on training means staff are experienced in using a range of strategies to support young people's individual needs and development in all settings throughout the waking day. 

A high number of staff are TEACCH trained including Teachers, Home Managers and Deputy Managers plus three staff are TEACCH Certified Practitioners and four are TEACCH Certified Advanced Consultants which is a very significant achievement. Regular staff training from induction onwards ensures the highest levels of knowledge and expertise in all staff.

TEACCH is at the heart of Prior's Court's approach, and as such we are dedicated to ensuring our staff our trained in the methodology. Take a look at the TEACCH related courses we offer in our Training section.


The aim of the TEACCH programme is to enable individuals with autism to function as meaningfully and as independently as possible in the community.

TEACCH has developed an approach known as 'structured teaching'. The principles of structured teaching are:

  • Understanding the culture of autism (i.e. a way of thinking about the characteristic patterns of thinking and behaviour seen in individuals with autistic spectrum disorder)
  • Developing an individualised person and family centred plan for each client or student, rather than using a standard curriculum
  • Structuring the physical environment
  • Using visual supports to make the sequence of daily activities predictable and understandable
  • Using visual supports to make individual tasks understandable.

You can find out more about TEACCH from the University of North Carolina website. 

Prior's Court staff training represents what we value in TEACCH: expertise in understanding the needs of their students, a dedication to education and life-long learning and a deep respect for the individuals they serve and their families.

Clinical Director from the TEACCH Autism Program, University of North Carolina