Subject Specific Curriculum

Exploring curriculum intent, implementation and impact.

We explore moving from non-subject specific learning to subject specific learning for those pupils with severe and complex learning difficulties, who are becoming more neuro-diverse and therefore present with a greater range of need. We share what a curriculum can look like based on the drive for a more personalised new generation pedagogy with a more holistic approach to assessment.


Delegates will:

  • understand the key curriculum needs of pupils with severe 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 implementing a pre-subject (semi-formal) specific curriculum
  • develop an awareness of the curriculum aspects of the proposed 2019 Educational Inspection Framework (EIF)
  • take away practical suggestions on how to deliver a pre-subject specific curriculum in the classroom including multi-sensory approaches to learning
  • explore how to assess progress
  • discover the importance of learning environments and understand how to create rich sensory environments which will support cognition and learning and further engage learners

Testimonial from Manchester 8/3/19.

What was the most beneficial aspect of the day?

Update on the OFSTED framework ; levels-breakdown of curriculum for range of learners
Lots to reflect on-re curriculum and how to restructure & the finger game
Practical ideas and information – a good balance
Added depth to prior knowledge – thought provoking /idea inspiring
Context, resources, passion, pedagogy
Delivery of context, range of ideas discussed
  • 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.


Manchester 8 March 2019

London 15 March 2019


£245 plus VAT per place including refreshments & lunch.

Further information?

An expanded agenda and speaker profiles are available at

Booking – online at

Email –

Phone – 01524 42 63 95

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