A non-subject specific curriculum

Exploring curriculum intent, implementation and impact.

Steve and Julie look at a curriculum model based on play and how it can be adapted for different school settings. They explain the neuroscience, biology and behaviour theories that support such a curriculum model. How this model supports the intent, implementation and impact model of curriculum; in line with the proposed 2019 EIF, will be considered.

The day will also look at assessment methods in-line with the review of the pilot of ‘the seven aspects of engagement’ following the Rochford Review.  The role of environments to support and enhance learning will be explored.


Delegates will:

  • understand the key curriculum needs of pupils with profound and complex learning needs and how to assess learning; including looking at models of assessment currently being used in schools
  • understand how to profile your current cohort of pupils learning needs and use the information to inform the design of your curriculum; including introducing a sensory profile tool and the importance of thinking skills in learning
  • have insight into leading change and the organisational implications of delivering non-subject specific learning and the importance of school vision.
  • develop an awareness of the curriculum aspects of the proposed 2019 Educational Inspection Framework (EIF)
  • find out how to assess progress through an alternative model of assessment using route-maps and a continuum of learning that takes account of levels of engagement
  • have an insight on engagement in light of the outcomes of the ‘piloting the seven aspects of engagement’ report
  • discover the importance of learning environments and understand how to create rich sensory environments which will support cognition and learning and further engage learners

Who is presenting?

Steve Phillips – Steve is an Independent SEND Consultant, who is the former Deputy Principal of Fountaindale School, where he had lead responsibility for designing, managing and implementing a new curriculum approach to meet the needs of the school’s learners.

Julie Stephens – Julie is a very experienced Senior Specialist Teaching Assistant, who has had responsibility for supporting in a pre-formal class as an unqualified teacher; developing behaviour & sensory support plans and specialist sensory curriculum development including supporting teachers to to enhance stories/topics/themes using sensory approaches to learning.

Who should attend?

This will be appropriate for teachers and classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings & those with specialist SEN provision and early years settings, and who wish to develop their curriculum for learners with severe and complex needs.


London 7 June 2019

Manchester 10 June 2019


£245 plus VAT per place including refreshments & lunch.

Further information?

An expanded agenda and speaker profiles are available at hirstwood.com.

Email – lois@hirstwood.com

Phone – 01524 42 63 95

Post – Hirstwood Training, 237 Heysham Road, Heysham, LA3 1NN