April 21, 2023    
9:00 am

Event Type

Semi-Formal and Informal Curriculum
Development Day

In Person Training Course

£75 – Sunningdale School, Sunderland, Tyne & Wear.

Event Details

Sunningdale School has developed a multi-tiered curriculum approach for pupils with severe, complex, profound and multiple learning difficulties. The school’s approach has been designed so that pupils at all levels can effectively apply their learning to develop independence and agency.

Sunningdale School’s vision is encapsulated in the phrase, ‘Be More…’ This will be different for every child. Believing that every child can Be More means that we want every child to be more in whatever way is important to them. The school’s vision is actioned at a pupil level through the use of a highly personalised planning system supported by specific Personalised Learning Plans (PLPs) and an understanding of Engagement motivators.

Classes are arranged across 3 theoretical pedagogical pathways that begin on transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage and run through Key Stages 1 and 2 until the pupils’ transition to relevant secondary provisions at the end of year 6. The pathways are the Pre-formal Pathway, the Semi-formal Explore Pathway and the Semi-formal Play Pathway. These are underpinned by a pre-formal, informal low-demand and semi-formal approach respectively.

The school’s pathways are supported by a multi-tiered curriculum model that is sequenced to towards cumulatively developing skills, knowledge and holistic development both within and across each pathway. Curriculum areas are closely matched to consider the developmental needs of the pupils in each pathway. The school developed its pathway approach based on the unique needs and growing complexity of the pupil groups attending the school. They are supported by a play based pedagogy as well as specific well known interventions and strategies. Strong links are made with Preparation for Adulthood (PfA) outcomes and subjects build cumulatively towards supporting these: Employment, Independent Living, Community Participation, Friendships & Relationships.


We are establishing a series of practice sharing days where delegates will get to hear from senior and middle leaders about the school’s approach including how subjects, pedagogy and assessment are structured to support individualised outcomes for pupils working throughout the school. Delegates will have time to speak to senior and middle leaders as well as spend time in classrooms and see the schools facilities.

Places will be limited to ensure that delegates take as much from the day as possible but will also offer some opportunities to network with like minded provisions.

The cost is set at £75 per person. The day will include a buffet lunch and networking session.

Please get in touch if you would like support with accommodation or travel recommendations.

This course is being provided by Sunningdale School in Sunderland, Tyne & Wear.  

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