The Path to Success: Complex Needs and Engagement

Children with complex needs start school with vary varied levels of oracy, numeracy and communication; and our focus on the written form for evidence can sometimes divert our attention from how we achieve engagement and progress. This on-demand course shares our Path to Success – and how it can have a positive impact on learning at your special school.

  • The Path to Success; engaging investigative fun
  • The importance of flexibility in delivery
  • Personalised engagement – irresistible learning

About this INSET

At every special school, the needs of children are varied, complex and individualised.  This can lead to an environment where nurture and care can supplant academic rigour.  Through our experiences with a wide range of special schools – and special provisions within mainstream schools – we know that our Path to Success can bring the nurturing and the academic together in ways that support learning whilst ensuring pupils are engaged and supported – regardless of need.

This short training session shares several of our favourite approaches for developing and delivering personalised, irresistible learning in a wide range of environments.

  • Elaborative dialogue, tentative talk, sustained shared thinking and other forms of communication
  • Active listening to encourage children to talk, including intensive interactions
  • Planning your talk to match the learning objective, as well as personalised targets for life
  • Evidencing through a wide range of sources and routes.



This course is appropriate for special schools.

  • Special School Senior, Middle and Subject Leaders
  • Special School Class teachers and TAs
  • All age ranges

Contact Us

If you have any questions about this INSET day, please do not hesitate to contact us. Please fill in the form below to send us a message. Alternatively, feel free to get in touch with us by email: