Semi-formal Curriculum SLD/MLD

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The Semi-formal Curriculum meets the needs of our special children and we feel more able to promote what the children need rather than being constrained by subject areas. Freedom to be creative and concentrate on
individual needs with a focus on independence

Priory Woods School in Middlesbrough

The Equals Semi-formal Curriculum is set in the context of Equals multi-tiered curriculum approach, recognising that differentiation from England’s (or indeed any) National Curriculum is NOT sufficient to meet the needs of pupils and students with profound, complex, severe or global learning difficulties.

For these populations, who are all working consistently and over time below or very near the start of their national curriculum, curricula NEED TO be different rather than differentiated, because the way such pupils learn is different, and often very, very different from neuro-typical, conventional developing learners for whom the national curriculum was designed.

Breadth and Balance. Whilst we accept the desirability of providing a broad and balanced curriculum, it must be wholly appropriate to the needs of each learner. Ongoing assessment may point to a need for concentration and intensity in one or two particular areas for some learners for a part, and sometimes a considerable part of their time in education.

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.

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My Outdoor School

My Physical Well-being

My Communication

My Play and Leisure

My Independence

My Thinking and Problem Solving

The World About Me

My Drama

My Dance

My Art

My Music

Relationships and Sex Education

All of the above Semi-formal Curriculums are priced at £59 each for Members and £149.00 for non-members.

EQUALS Members benefit from significant discounts on EQUALS publications. The members price for the curriculum SoW is only £59 per scheme of work. This involves a saving of £90 per scheme of work, compared to Non-members prices

If you would like to become a member of EQUALS at £120 + VAT for 12 months please click here

The aims of the Schemes of Work project have been

  • To build on the collaborative work of Penny Lacey and Swiss Cottage School;
  • To write outstanding practice schemes of work for non National Curriculum ‘areas of learning’;
  • To involve outstanding teachers in good and outstanding schools throughout England and Wales;
  • To produce schemes of work that are available to all schools on a cost recovery (not for profit) basis through the Equals website;
  • To share best practice within a broad band of stakeholders, including both the DfE and Ofsted.

The general principles governing the schemes of work are that they

  • Are developmental in nature and open to personalisation – they start at the beginning of the individual pupil’s learning journey and aim for the highest level of independence possible;
  • Cover all stages of education from 2 to 25 (and beyond) but are not directly related to either age or key stage. Learners fit into them where they will according to their individual abilities, interests and learning journey;
  • Are not related to the National Curriculum, though the common language of the P scales is occasionally used for ease of understanding.

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EQUALS is also now offering Twilight CPD online courses which are 100% FREE for EQUALS Members.

These will use an online platform and be between 3:45-5:15 pm. If you would like to join this training please contact

To learn more about the new Semi-formal SLD Curriculum or our Twilight online CPD sessions please contact
Paul Buskin at the EQUALS office on 0191 272 1222 or email

Regional Curriculum and Assessment Conferences

  • There is a  small charge of £49 per person to cover the cost of lunch/refreshments etc.

If you would like to attend please could you email and put in the email which venue you would like to attend. We will add you to the delegates list and be in touch with more information and a programme for the day.

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“Love these courses, it is like having a university lecture/tutorial”

“I love listening to the evidence based information”

“All the information was presented simply and efficiently. It was interesting and the time passed very quickly. An excellent training session”

Rodney House School – Manchester

We feel the online training delivered by EQUALS have been WONDERFUL.  The relevance and depth of the sessions has been fantastic, Peter is a very knowledgeable man. Having training delivered online has enabled all our teachers to attend and have discussions after the event rather than one teacher attending and disseminating which can water down the content.
Thank you so much and keep them coming!

Peter Imray

“Lets focus on things that matter”.

“For those with a profound learning difficulty (PMLD), learning is best done when the learner is placed in the centre of the curriculum”.

Priory Woods School – Middlesbrough

“The Semi-formal Curriculum meets the needs of our special children and we feel more able to promote what the children need rather than being constrained by subject areas”.

“Freedom to be creative and concentrate on individual needs with a focus on independence”.

Pedagogy, Curriculum and Assessment of Pupil Progress for Children and Young People with SLD and PMLD

“Great delivery – motivational speaker, thank you’
“A fantastic workshop with many learning and thinking points!’
“Excellent informative course”
“Information about different kinds of assessment models”
“Thought provoking ideas on SLD curriculum”
“Analysing what we teach and why?”