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News and Discussion Forum

 

This forum is for professionals working with pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities.

 

Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties (PMLD), Severe Learning Difficulties (SLD) and Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD).

 

There are articles and news items from the EQUALS Chairperson, Peter Imray; our Director of Developments and from other EQUALS Trustees.  There is also lots of links to “Home Learning’ materials and other useful resources and SEN related news articles.

 

If you are an EQUALS Member and would like to include anything from your school please contact paul@equalsoffice.co.uk



Dominic Wall

Medicines in Specialist Schools (MISS)

Hello friends. A colleague of mine, Dominic Wall, who is also part of our ‘Medicines in Specialist Schools’ (MISS) group produced this excellent presentation for the SSAT Conference this week. SSAT has kindly allowed us to share it with you.

The MISS group was formed in November 2019 to try to articulate the discrepancies in Health provision across England into our specialist provisions. It meets regularly with the DfE and Dept. for Health to voice our concerns around, initially, the postcode lottery for nursing provision. It is ultimately our intention to then focus on physiotherapy, OT and SALT provision.

A great deal of work has gone on behind the scenes and we are of the understanding that CCG’s are slowly re-examining their commissioning arrangements to fulfil their legal obligations to our children and young people.

This presentation, in particular, focuses on the needs of children and young people with more complex health care, including those with AGP’s. By the way, did you all clock the DfE’s latest guidance on this issue returning to the use of FFP2/3’s for interventions?

Your comments and feedback would be much appreciated. Many thanks to Dominic and the SSAT for sharing.
 
 
 

Click here to download the presentation



Free Learning Resources

Whiteboard Room

The Whiteboard Room has a range of interactive resources for students with severe and profound learning difficulties. Although targeting interactive whiteboards most resources are equally useful at the desktop.

This brand new section launched here on the EQUALS website from September 2017 and contains lots of free educational resources.

 
 

Early Years Foundation Stage – EYFS – Free Resource
The characteristics of effective learning for pupils with complex learning difficulties
and disabilities in the early years foundation stage (EYFS)
 

Click here to learn more

 

The three Characteristics of Effective Learning in EYFS are:

  • Playing and Exploring – Engagement
  • Active Learning – Motivation
  • Creating and Thinking Critically – Thinking

 
 

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EQUALS Curriculum Schemes of Work

 

Certificates of Achievement from EQUALS

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 EQUALS members. If your school are not members you can join today for only £120+VAT.

To register your pupils for the new ‘EQUALS Certificate of Achievement Scheme’ , please email paul@equalsoffice.co.uk for further information.

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Are you using any of the following curriculum schemes of work?

If so you can register to receive certificates of achievement from EQUALS for your pupils.
 

EQUALS Pre-formal PMLD Curriculum

 

 

EQUALS Semi-formal SLD/MLD Curriculum

 

EQUALS Formal Curriculum – subject specific

 
 
 

www.equalsmembers.org

 
This brand new website is for professionals teaching pupils with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD), severe learning difficulties (SLD) and moderate learning difficulties (MLD).

It contains lots of useful content related to the SEN sector.
 

To view please visit www.equalsmembers.org

 
 

EQUALS Twilight CPD

 

High Quality Local Training from only £19

Semi-Formal (SLD/MLD) Curriculum – by Peter Imray

 

 

 
 
 
 

Course Profile

With the Rochford Review confirming that ‘schools already have the freedom to use any curriculum they feel is appropriate for the needs and requirements of…… pupils’ who are not engaged in ‘subject specific learning’, we seek to explore

  • What does subject specific learning mean?
  • Who might be involved in subject specific learning and who might not?
  • What kind of curriculum makes sense for learners with SLD who will only ever be able to succeed (at the very best) up to the very beginnings of the National Curriculum?
  • What kind of curriculum model can enable those with SLD to be the very best that they can be and to do the very best that they can do, irrespective of their level of learning difficulty?

We seem to be in a position of much greater flexibility than we have been for a very long time which makes for extremely exciting and interesting times in curriculum development!

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) Curriculum.

To learn more please click here
Or contact Paul Buskin at the EQUALS office on 0191 272 1222
or email paul@equalsoffice.co.uk

 

 
 
 
 
 


Cost: Only £19+VAT for members and £59+VAT for non-members.

Courses start at 4pm and finish 6:30 pm.

Costs for the above workshops are: £19 per delegate for EQUALS Members and
£59 per delegate for non-members.

 
 
 

If your school is interested in attending a twilight training workshop and want further information
please contact paul@equalsoffice.co.uk
or ring the EQUALS office on 0191 272 1222

During 2018 EQUALS successfully delivered twilight workshops at

  • Hadrian School in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Priory Woods School in Middlesbrough
  • Bennerley Fields School in Derbyshire
  • John F Kennedy School in London
  • Swiss Cottage School in London
  • Threeeways School in Bath
  • Wilson Stuart School in Birmingham
  • Oak Grove College in Worthing
  • St Ann’s School in London
  • Melland High School in Manchester

 
 

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