Equals Membership

Equals is a not-for-profit registered charity, first formed in 1994.


Being a member of Equals enables you to:


Be a part of an internationally recognised body actively campaigning on issues related specifically to PMLD, CLD, SLD and GLD

• Attend online CPD training sessions for FREE covering a wide variety of topics

Save £1,000s of pounds when ordering Curriculum and Assessment
materials/licences for PMLD, CLD, SLD, MLD and GLD

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

Register for Accreditation/Certificate of Achievement Schemes

• Advertise Job Vacancies for free

Access a News and Discussion Forum

To view details for the Equals Training & Conferences
please visit our » Events section.

Many schools don’t have the funds or the time to develop or update their Curriculum and Assessment materials. By maintaining your membership with the Equals Charity your school can secure access to any Curriculum updates for any licences they currently hold. Equals members’ also benefit from HUGE discounts when purchasing any licences for the first time.

“Schools can request an online session with the Equals Director of Developments; Peter Imray to learn more about the Equals Curriculum and Assessment materials. During these sessions Peter can share his screen, so schools can view previews and ask questions. Equals can then recommend which materials would be appropriate and provide a bespoke quote”.

To request an online session, please contact Paul Buskin using paul@equalsoffice.co.uk

“Does your school keep a record of which Equals Curriculum & Assessment licences your school already has?”

Schools can contact Equals using sarah@equalsoffice.co.uk to request a full list.

We can resend if requested and advise if any have been updated recently”.


The amount of schools applying to join Equals is expected to increase further as Ofsted are now looking at ‘Curriculum Schemes of Work’ and how schools are supporting relationships/engagement in greater depth. Equals has a variety of new member offers.

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



Development Days

Informal/Semi-formal Curriculum

In-Person – An opportunity to visit an Exemplar School

This is an opportunity to visit an Exemplar School and spend time with senior leaders and in classrooms. The purpose of this day is to increase the understanding of the Semi-Formal and Informal Curricula as well as being able to ask about assessment, planning or any other aspect of teaching and learning that you are interested in.

The Exemplar Schools involve specialist schools, where Equals has provided additional consultancy over the past four years or where they are demonstration best practice.

They have been observed implementing the Curriculum Schemes of Work well in their own school. Schools that have benefited from this additional support, have provided presentations to Equals Members’, via Equals Regional Curriculum Conferences.

They are able to articulate how the curriculum:

  • can be implemented
  • how it works with other processes such as Mapping and Assessing Personal Progress
  • And to demonstrate the impact.


Costs from £89 which goes towards expenses such as lunch/refreshments etc.

Further development days are being organised for Spring 2024 for the following schools.

  • Brackenfield School in Nottingham on the 25th June 2024
  • Dee Banks School in Cheshire – 22nd May and the 2nd July 2024
  • Fairview School in Perth, Scotland – 9th May 2024
  • Kingsbury School in Lancashire on the 22nd May 2024
  • St Ann’s School in London on the 21st June 2024
  • Sunningdale School in Tyne & Wear on the 24th May 2024

For further information please contact the Equals Strategic Development Manager; Paul Buskin using paul@equalsoffice.co.uk



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 £259 for Equals members.

» Informal Curriculum
A new scheme of work for pupils with CLD. Available for members for only £395

» Semi-formal  (SLD/MLD) Curriculum
There are currently twelve schemes of work available to purchase. These schemes of work cost only £79 each for Equals members.

» 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. These schemes of work cost only £79 each.



Assessment

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.



Assessing & Recording Progress
within the EYFS

A new EYFS resource to support assessment
and recording in the Early Years Foundation Stage

An interactive learning journal designed specifically for children with complex and profound learning needs. These materials reflect the key principles of the revised EYFS; reducing time spent on recording and recognising the importance of qualitative data and practitioner knowledge in order to provide high quality assessment for learning.

  • Records progress from the start of each child’s unique learning journey and keeps the child at the centre of the process
  • Emphasis on personalised strengths and significant characteristics of each child in order to capture progress without the use of checklists or excessive data
  • Provides useful links to support the transition beyond EYFS
  • A celebratory document that can be shared with parents, carers and child.

Contents

An Introduction and Guide to Using the Materials

  • My Communication & Language Development
  • My Physical Development
  • My Personal, Social & Emotional Development
  • My Cognition & Learning and EYFS Characteristics

Skills Maps

  • To Support Observational Assessment and Recording


An Interactive Learning Journal


Cost

£50 for private day nurseries, £60 for Equals Members and £75 for Equals Non-members

To order these materials please email admin@equalsoffice.co.uk


To learn more about these new materials from Equals, please contact paul@equalsoffice.co.uk and
previews can be provided via online sessions using Zoom or Teams.



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 admin@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
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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?”