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)

“The amount of schools signing up to become members has increased by over 200% in the last 4 years; especially since Ofsted changed their inspection framework where they now look at the CURRICULUM SoW used in schools in greater depth”

Is your curriculum be-spoke for PMLD, SLD or 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

• Attend online CPD training sessions for FREE covering a variety of curriculum and assessment topics

Save £100s of pounds when ordering Curriculum and Assessment
materials/licences for PMLD, SLD and MLD

• Save £100s of pounds when booking places on EQUALS national and regional conferences

Register for ‘Accreditation/Certificate of Achievement Schemes’ for pupils with PMLD, SLD and MLD

• Advertise SEN Job Vacancies for free

Access to a News and Discussion Forum for PMLD, SLD and MLD.

Lots of schools don’t have the funds themselves to develop curriculum and assessment materials/licences. By maintaining your membership with the EQUALS Charity you school can secure access to any curriculum updates for any licences they currently hold.

“Does your school keep a record of which EQUALS curriculum scheme of work your school already has? You can contact equals at admin@equalsoffice.co.uk to request a full list and we can resend if requested”.

EQUALS membership is expected to increase further as Ofsted are now looking at ‘Curriculum Schemes of Work’ and how schools are managing pupil behaviour in greater depth. EQUALS has a variety of new member offers.

Please contact admin@equalsoffice.co.uk for further details.

12 months Only £120.00 +VAT

36 months Only £297.00 +VAT

Regional Curriculum and Assessment Conferences

  • Queens University, Belfast in Northern Ireland – 30th September 2022
  • Melland High School in Manchester – 7th October 2022
  • Wilson Stuart School in Birmingham – 14th October 2022

There is a small charge of £49 per person towards expenses.

Each Conference will include the following:-

  • 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 Practise’ and shave developments
  • Opportunities for Questions and Answers

We hope that these will become an annual event for EQUALS and will continue to change the content as updates happen.

If you would like to attend please could you email admin@equalsoffice.co.uk 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.

EQUALS National Conference
14-25 Education

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

Practical Solutions and Possibilities

NCVO – Central London – 4th November 2022

If you would like to book a place for our Summer Conference 2022
or learn more about the event please click here

Curriculum Schemes of Work from EQUALS

There is now a selection of ‘EQUALS Curriculum pathways’ which include:

Pre-Formal (PMLD) Curriculum

This scheme of work costs only £99 for EQUALS members.

Informal Curriculum

A new scheme of work for pupils with CLD. Available for members from £99

Semi-formal  (SLD/MLD) Curriculum

There are currently twelve schemes of work available to purchase.
These schemes of work cost only £59 for EQUALS members, which represents a saving of £90 per SoW. 

Formal Curriculum – SLD & MLD

A brand new formal curriculum for pupils consistently working below age related expectorations, especially those that struggle with Literacy and Numeracy; is now available to purchase. 

Subject Specific Schemes of Work for the National Curriculum – SLD & MLD

There are still five subject specific schemes of work for the national curriculum available for Key Stages 1-4.
These are Mathematics, English, Science, PE, RE And DT. 

Moving On Topic Based Curriculum and Accreditation –
14-25 – PMLD, SLD & MLD

Five one year programmes are available for 14-25 which include Adventurer, Explorer, Globetrotter, Voyager and Explorer. There is also a five year 14-25 Moving On programme for Literacy, Numeracy and I.C.T.

Schools using the Moving On Curriculum Schemes of Work also have the option of signing up to an accreditation scheme. 

Online Training opportunities are also available for individual schools (times are flexible also).  These are priced at only £200 per session and schools can send as many teachers as they wish.

For further information please contact Paul Buskin at paul@equalsoffice.co.uk

or telephone 0191 272 1222


There have been two recent national conferences related to ‘Assessment’ and we continue to provide

Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress – MAPP – Semi-formal

A new Formal version of MAPP is also now available to purchase.

New Engagement Model – Rochford Review

The new engagement model guidance has now been published

The guidance provides detailed information on how to use the engagement model as the new statutory form of assessment for pupils working below the standard of the national curriculum assessments and not engaged in subject-specific study at key stage 1 (KS1) and key stage 2 (KS2). The engagement model will replace P scales 1-4 from the 2020/21 academic year subject to consultation and amendments to the relevant legislation.

The engagement model has five areas: exploration, realisation, anticipation, persistence and initiation; it combines a formative and summative approach whilst encouraging the identification and celebration of pupil progress.

Please can you pass on this information to your colleagues.

Please  address any queries about the guidance to:


SEN School Job Vacancies

As well as ‘Curriculum and Assessment Support and Licenses’, member schools can also advertise their Schools SEN Jobs’ for free.

Please contact paul@equalsoffice.co.uk to place an advert.

News and Discussion Forum from EQUALS

There is also new News and Discussion Forum from EQUALS which includes lots of links to Home Learning materials.

This forum is for professionals working with pupils with learning difficulties and disabilities(PMLD, SLD and MLD). There are articles and news items from Peter Imray; our Director of Developments and from other EQUALS Trustees. You can also read about new and exciting developments from the EQUALS charity.

We also welcome contributions from members, so should you wish to contribute an entire post, please email your item to our Strategic Development Manager; Paul Buskin at paul@equalsoffice.co.uk

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What Our Members Say

We have thousands of satisfied members since we began in 1994

Online CPD Sessions

“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?”