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Developing the PMLD curriculum for learners aged 16-25

A 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

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

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.

Upcoming dates

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

25 May 2022
This is a course for managers who want to develop a PMLD curriculum that supports good quality of life outcomes through focusing on person centred approaches and preparation for adulthood.

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In-house training

This course is available to be delivered as an in-house training for your team/organisation.
You can request in-house training for your team/organisation through our expression of interest form.

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