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:




Curriculum at the Heart of Learning

EQUALS Spring Conference
For Learners of all ages with PMLD, SLD and MLD.
20th March 2020 – University of Manchester.

Our summer conference 2019 was so popular we have decided to run it again next year.  This is the third time in a row we have organised a conference twice.

There will be a key note talk from Nick Whittaker (HMI, Ofsted) in the morning, followed by four workshops, which will cover:

    • Pre-formal PMLD Curriculum
    • Semi-formal SLD/MLD Curriculum
    • Informal Curriculum – P4-P5
    • Formal subject-specific Curriculum

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

click here to book your place today.

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



14-25 Education

What does Independence mean for young people with PMLD, SLD and MLD
Practical Solutions and Possibilities

Our 2018 and 2019 summer conferences in London were oversubscribed and the feedback was outstanding.

EQUALS Summer Conference 2020
26th June 2020 – NCVO, Central London.
Cost: Only £149+VAT per delegate for members and £249+VAT for non-members.

Click here to book your place today.

Early booking is recommended as places are limited. Our last four conferences were 100% full and oversubscribed.



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



Early Years Foundation Stage – Small Steps Profile

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