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Developing the PMLD curriculum for learners aged 16-25 (session two)(full)

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25 May 2022
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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If you book onto this session, please also ensure you book onto session one and are available for both.

A new two-session online interactive course for managers who are developing a new curriculum, or reviewing and refreshing an existing curriculum, for learners with Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD) aged 16-25. We use the term PMLD to describe learners with profound cognitive impairments who will be at the very earliest stages of cognition and communication.

Course aim

This course will help you to shape a PMLD curriculum that supports good quality of life outcomes through focusing on person-centred approaches and preparation for adulthood. The course will be interactive and include practical activities to try out between the two sessions. To get the most out of this course you will need to do some pre-reading before each session.

Course content

Session one: curriculum intent (4 May)

Creating a meaningful personalised curriculum through enabling the learner voice. In this session there will be opportunities to:

  • consider the values that underpin the intent of a PMLD curriculum
  • explore through self-audit where you are now with developing personalised study programmes and where you need to get to
  • examine the four Preparing for Adulthood pathways as a basis for the curriculum
  • discuss what ‘quality of life’ means for this cohort of learners
  • consider the importance of transition planning from the start
  • look at how to use person-centred thinking tools in developing a personalised curriculum.

Session two: curriculum implementation (25 May)

Implementing and measuring the impact of a person-centred curriculum. In this session there will be opportunities to:

  • review how the learner voice is heard and acted upon in the implementation of the curriculum
  • discuss what is meant by ‘student-led’ learning
  • check learning opportunities link to learner aspirations and long-term outcomes
  • examine the role of trans-disciplinary working in a PMLD curriculum
  • consider assessment, progress and setting of targets
  • identify key factors for a successful transition from college to adult life.


The below cost is for each attendee. All attendees need to register separately.

This cost covers the whole course (two sessions) but you must register separately for both sessions.

  • Natspec members £75 +VAT
  • Transform members £125 +VAT
  • Non-members £150 +VAT

Invoices will be issued, according to the cost above, after both sessions are complete.

Details of other training courses offered by Natspec Transform can be found on our website.

Book your place

This course is now full. Please check our PMLD page for further course dates.

If you find that you cannot attend, please email to let us know as soon as possible so that we can make the space available for others.

By booking a place you understand that if you do not attend and have not cancelled within the agreed timeframe, you will be charged. Please ensure you read our cancellation terms and conditions prior to booking.

Please visit the zoom registration page to book your place for this event.

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