Equals National and Regional Conferences

Equals National Conference – Summer 2024

Different not Differentiated?

A fresh look at Curriculum and Assessment for learners of all ages with PMLD and SLD in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Date: Friday 28th June 2024

Venue: Friends House, 173-177 Euston Road, Central London, NW1 2BJ.

Speakers will include:

A senior Ofsted HMI to discuss the Inspection Framework and specifically look at deep dives.

Senior Lecturer on S/PLD at Birmingham University on Evidence Based Teaching. What does national and international research tell us about the academic progress of learners with PMLD and SLD over time?

Peter Imray author of Curricula for Teaching children, young people and adults with PMLD and SLD
on the current trends in special (specialist) schools across the UK.

James Waller (Headteacher at Sunningdale School in Sunderland), Trish Turner (Headteacher at Brackenfield School in Derby), and Tim Holdsworth (Headteacher at St Ann’s School in London) on Why We’ve Changed and the difference it’s made to all stakeholders, but especially to the learners themselves.

To learn more, please email admin@equalsoffice.co.uk

Our last six conferences have been 100% full and oversubscribed so
early booking is recommended.

Cost: Only £299 +VAT For Equals Members, £599

To book a place please » click here



Regional Curriculum Conferences

Equals recently hosted regional curriculum conferences at:

  • Hadrian School in Newcastle upon Tyne
  • Brackenfield School in Nottingham
  • Oakwood School & Conference Centre, Belfast in Northern Ireland
  • Melland High School in Manchester
  • NCVO in Central London
  • Wilson Stuart School in Birmingham

Each Conference included:-

  • Presentations from Schools that are currently using the EQUALS Curriculum Schemes of Work
  • Content related to MAPP (Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress),
    both Formal and Semi-Formal Versions
  • Content related to the Engagement Model and the Pre-Key Stages Standards
  • An opportunity to discuss ‘Best Practice’ and share developments
  • Opportunities for Questions and Answers

Equals will be organising further regional conferences during 2024-26; this time focusing on Play, Communication and Independence. Each event will be held in Birmingham, London, Manchester, Newcastle upon Tyne and Nottingham.

There is a small charge of £89 per person for the regional curriculum conferences
which is used towards expenses such as lunch.

To learn more or to reserve a place, please email paul@equalsoffice.co.uk



Equals – Full Day Conference
14-25 Education

What does Independence mean for young people
with PMLD, SLD and MLD?

Practical Solutions and Possibilities
Friday 4th October 2024, NCVO in Central London
– 9:30 am – 4pm


To reserve a place, please email admin@equalsoffice.co.uk


Chris Rollings Chair of Equals.

Keynote Speaker – Ellen Atkinson (Regional Adviser for the NDTi on Preparing for Adulthood)
Exploring the Valuing Employment Now (VEN) project to improve employment prospects and outcomes for people with learning disabilities in England.

Pete Wells (Curriculum Manager – Catcote School, Hartlepool Aspire Trust).
The promotion of independent skills through the use of sensory/inclusive stories. As we all know, the fundamental rationale for telling the stories in the way we do is very much to promote independence at a level that is appropriate to the learners in our classrooms. Themes such as independent living skills, effective communication, time management, appropriate dress, health and hygiene and more which I’m sure you’ll agree
are some of the fundamental building blocks of independence.

Tim Holsdworth – Headteacher St Ann’s School in Hanwell, west London.
Making your LA an offer they can’t refuse for school leaving students with complex learning difficulties, who are working consistently and over time on the Informal Pathway. St Ann’s Learning To Be Approach is a radical but highly successful model that has led to Equals Informal Curriculum, but does not cease to be effective post 19. The partnership between St Ann’s and Ealing LA proves that millions of pounds can be saved and more importantly, students who otherwise might have faced an institutionalised future can remain a central and active part of their local communities.

Barry Currell (Assistant Head teacher, Catcote School, Hartlepool)
‘Your choice, your future’ Preparing for Adulthood in Post 19 Education.

A journey through post 19 education supporting dreams and aspirations through choice, opportunity and real experiences. This session will demonstrate how Catcote Futures uses our bespoke ’10 Enterprise Commandments’ and ‘CORRECT enterprise skills’ across our 5 pathways
to create greater independence for all learners.

Panel Questions & Answers Session

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