Curricula for Teaching Children and Young People with Severe or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

Practical strategies for educational professionals

By Peter Imray, Viv Hinchcliffe

© 2014 – Routledge

272 pages | 19 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

Curricula for Teaching Children and Young People with Severe or Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties offers a range of compelling arguments for a distinct and separate pedagogical approach to the learning needs of the most educationally challenging pupils. This book, written in accessible, common sense and non-academic language, provides an easy-to-follow alternative curriculum specifically designed to enhance and enrich the learning of children with profound and multiple learning difficulties. Chapter by chapter, guidelines and support are offered in key curriculum areas, some of which include:

  • Cognition
  • Language, Literacy and Communication
  • Mathematical
  • Physical
  • Sensory
  • Creative
  • Care
  • Play
  • Problem solving.

This highly practical resource is essential reading for any educational professional, parents, school governors, teachers, teaching assistants, therapists and indeed anyone involved with maximising the educational opportunities of those with profound learning difficulties.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements Introduction 1. Setting the Scene 2. Dilemmas of Difference 3. Assessment and Pupil Progress 4. Personalised Learning and Engagement 5. A Cognition Curriculum for pupils and students with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties 6. A Communication Curriculum for pupils and students with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties 7. A Physical Curriculum for pupils and students with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties 8. A Care Curriculum for pupils and students with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties 9. A Sensory Curriculum for pupils and students with Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties 10. A Language, Literacy and Communication Curriculum for pupils and students with Severe Learning Difficulties 11. A Mathematical Thinking Curriculum for pupils with Severe Learning Difficulties 12. A Creative Arts Curriculum for pupils with SLD and PMLD 13. A Problem Solving and Thinking Curriculum for pupils with Severe Learning Difficulties 14. A Play Curriculum for pupils with Severe Learning Difficulties 15. A Citizenship Curriculum for pupils with Severe Learning Difficulties and Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties

About the Authors

Peter Imray, now a freelance trainer and advisor, has been a teacher of children, young people and adults with special educational needs since 1986, mostly at The Bridge School in Islington, North London. He was part of the SCAA working party that published its findings on Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulties and the National Curriculum in 1996 and has been active in the continued development of learning difficulties pedagogy and curricula since then. His first book, Turning the Tables on Challenging Behaviour, was published by Routledge in 2008.

Viv Hinchcliffe has held an interest in SLD and PMLD curriculum since his involvement on In Search of a Curriculum, published by Rectory Paddock School in 1983, and this has continued unabated. He has published widely on issues as varied as language and communication, self-advocacy, drama and leadership, is a regular speaker at conferences and has been a member of a number of DfE and DoH committees. Viv has recently taken up the post of Head of Drumbeat School and ASD Service, the new flagship specialist ASD School of the London Borough of Lewisham.

About the Series

David Fulton / Nasen

The partnership between David Fulton and nasen was established to ensure that relevant, up-to-date and diverse publications were available for schools and to professionals working within the field of special educational needs. These publications ensure that the best provision and practice is shared, enabling teachers and support staff to provide the best educational opportunities for all children and young people with SEN and disabilities.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDU026020
EDUCATION / Special Education / Learning Disabilities