We support professionals working in the Special Educational Needs Sector (SEN)


EQUALS Membership

EQUALS is a not-for-profit registered charity, first formed in 1994, committed to supporting the work of teachers, TAs, schools and parents/carers of pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD) severe learning difficulties (SLD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD).

Being a member of EQUALS enables you to:

    • be a part of an internationally recognised body actively campaigning on issues
      related specifically to PMLD, SLD and MLD
    • save £100s of pounds when ordering Curriculum and Assessment
      materials/licences for PMLD, SLD and MLD
    • enrol on high quality CPD provided in your area and geared to your local needs
    • save £100s of pounds when booking places on EQUALS national conferences
    • register for Accreditation/Certificate of Achievement Schemes for pupils with PMLD, SLD and MLD
    • advertise SEN Job Vacancies for free at www.equalsmembers.org
    • secure access to a News and Discussion Forum for PMLD, SLD and MLD.

click here to learn more about the benefits for EQUALS membership.


New – DfE Consultation – EYFS


In October 2019, DfE launched a public consultation seeking views on changes to the statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The consultation includes proposed changes to the educational programmes, the early learning goals and the EYFS profile assessment.

DfE consultation document

The consultation will run from 24 October 2019 to 31 January 2020

EQUALS would like to encourage specialist schools to take part in this consultation

For further information please refer to the Consultation Summary

Click here to download the Consultation Summary

The full consultation can be found at:




14-19 Schools with PMLD

‘Former EQUALS trustee Andrew Colley, in association with the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education, is launching a major survey of special schools who teach young people aged 14 – 19 with PMLD. The ‘Lives Lived Well’ questionnaire aims to shed light on all the good practice in UK schools with respect to independence, community participation and wellbeing for this group of learners.
The questionnaire itself and full details about its aims and objectives can be accessed using the online link below. It should only take about 15 minutes to complete.

Many thanks’



EQUALS Conferences 2020

Cost: Only £149+VAT per delegate for members and £249+VAT for non-members.

Our last four conferences were oversubscribed so early booking is recommended. For more information please contact paul@equalsoffice.co.uk


Curriculum at the Heart of Learning
for Learners of all ages with PMLD, SLD and MLD.

20th March 2020 – The University of Manchester.

click here to book your place today


14-25 Education – What does Independence mean
for young people with PMLD, SLD and MLD.

26th June 2020 – NCVO, Central London.

Click here to book your place today.



Whole Day Workshop 2020

Cost: Only £149+VAT per delegate for members and £249+VAT for non-members.

EQUALS Formal Curriculum and Assessment

Thursday 9th July 2020 – NCVO, Central London.

Click here to book your place today.



EQUALS Semi-formal SLD/MLD Curriculum


EQUALS has published a ‘Brand New’ Semi-Formal Curriculum, specifically designed and written for learners of all ages with SLD/MLD.

To learn more about our brand new SLD/MLD curriculum please click here
Or contact Paul Buskin at the EQUALS office on 0191 272 1222
or email paul@equalsoffice.co.uk

Below is a short video of just over 11 mins by Peter Imray; our Director of Developments. Peter Imray talks about our brand new Semi-Formal (SLD/MLD) Curriculum.

EQUALS is also now offering Twilight CPD Semi-Formal (SLD/MLD) Curriculum courses by Peter Imray in eight more locations throughout the UK. Places are available from £19 ex VAT

click here to read more

Certificates of Achievement

EQUALS Curriculum Schemes of Work


EQUALS Members can now receive ‘Certificates of Achievement’ for their pupils when using EQUALS Curriculum Schemes of Work. Its costs only £1.95 per certificate and registration is free for members. click here to learn more


EQUALS Pre-formal PMLD Curriculum

EQUALS has published a new Curriculum for pupils with PMLD.

For pupils with a profound learning difficulty, learning is best done when the learner is placed at the centre of the Curriculum.

“Let’s focus on the things that matter”.


A Person-Centred and Holistic Curriculum for Learners with
Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties.

A Curriculum of ideas for learners with profound and multiple learning difficulties
to help teachers/TAs to:

    • build routines
    • facilitate change
    • offer alternatives
    • observe and guide

Our aim is to put the learners in control by giving them an environment that they can understand and they are allowed to keep changing in order to encourage development.

Click here to read more or to place an order



Mathematics, English and Science – 2018 Editions

Formal Subject-specific Schemes of Work for PMLD, SLD and MLD.
For the National Curriculum – For pupils working below age related expectations.

Click here to view previews or to place an order




MAPP – Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress

There is a new version now available
MAPP (Semi-Formal)  is a suite of materials developed to facilitate the planning, assessment and recording of progress in relation to personal learning intentions.

Below is a short video of almost 11 mins by Mike Sissons; the author of MAPP – Semi-Formal.

Mike Sissons talks about the new MAPP – Semi-Formal.


Click here to learn more about MAPP Semi-formal


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