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Level D
Engaging in learning: key approaches
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                  teacher smiles as the teacher holds a pink toy
About this module
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                  school desk

Level D builds on what has been learned at levels B and C.

Level B introduces engagement and personalised learning for children with SLD/PMLD/CLDD.

Level C expands on this and looks at how transdisciplinary working enhances engagement and how to develop personalised learning pathways.

Level D focuses on how to promote engagement throughout a school and how to monitor and evaluate the impact of engagement initiatives on improving outcomes for children.

Learning outcomes
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                  school desk

The materials in this level are intended to provide those working with children with SLD/PMLD/CLDD the tools to be able to:

  • Critically review the literature regarding engagement and learning from the perspective of the education of children with complex needs and how this can promote the quality of teaching; and
  • Lead, organise and implement a transdisciplinary meeting to identify shared goals to enhance the engagement in learning of students.
Teachers' standards

Details of the professional standards that apply to all teachers in England can be obtained from the Department for Education website. These standards apply to all teachers regardless of their career stage and all aspects of the standards are relevant to teachers working with children with special educational needs.


Department for Education Teachers' Standards 2011

Teachers Standards Cover
Special Educational Needs

As defined by the Department for Education Special Educational Needs Code of Practice (2001), children have special educational needs if they have a learning difficulty which calls for special educational provision to be made for them.

Children have a learning difficulty if they have:

  • A significantly greater difficulty in learning than the majority of children of the same age, or
  • A disability which prevents or hinders them from making use of educational facilities of a kind generally provided for children of the same age in schools within the area of the local education authority.

With thanks to the professionals who contributed to this module:


Module Content

Dr Tamara Brooks, Consultant, Design for Autism
Dr Jean Law, Consultant Educational Psychologist, Quorn Psychology Services
Professor Barry Carpenter, Academic Director (Special Educational Needs), The Schools Network
Beverley Cockbill, Training Officer, The Schools Network


All modules produced by The Schools Network and
Real Group (UK) Ltd for the Training Development Agency for Schools (TDA).


Editorial Team

Dr Mark Turner, Real Group (UK) Ltd
Professor Hilary Constable, The Schools Network
Jo Egerton, The Schools Network
Anne Fowlie, The Schools Network
John Truman, The Schools Network
Annie Grant, Independent Consultant

Production and Design

Jonathan Bond, Real Group (UK) Ltd
Colm Gibson, Real Group (UK) Ltd
David Hutter, Real Group (UK) Ltd
Ruth Earl, Real Group (UK) Ltd


Video, Audio and Photography

Atomic Productions


Project Management

Professor Barry Carpenter, The Schools Network
Alan Macgregor, Real Group (UK) Ltd
Sylvia Paddock, The Schools Network
Dr Mark Turner, Real Group (UK) Ltd
Caroline Ward, The Schools Network


Thanks to all the children, parents, carers, assistants and teachers for their involvement.