School Improvement & Development Conference 2023: Book your early-bird place

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.

  • Personalised engagement – irresistible learning
  • The importance of flexibility in delivery
  • The Path to Success; engaging investigative fun
1 hour
£99 + VAT
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About this course

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


If there are no livestream dates currently planned, please contact us on 01206 625 626 or email us at and we will work with you to find a suitable date.

How to access this course

This course is easy-to-access in any of the below formats...

  • Face-to-face at COVID-secure venues across England on the dates below. Please click here to see our COVID-19 update.
  • Via livestream on the dates below - accessible from home, from your school, or anywhere with an interconnected device.
  • School-wide license, for every member of staff in your school to watch for a period of 30 days. Please contact us to purchase your school-wide license for this course.
  • An INSET or after-school twilight at your school, tailored to your requirements. Contact us for your personalised quote.

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This course as an INSET Day

Our in-service training provides exciting and dynamic ways to inspire, challenge and develop your staff, whether they are Teaching Assistants, Teachers or Senior Leadership.

Your first point of contact would be with our Head Office team, who will identify your needs and priorities and ensure that the accompanying training materials we provide are of the very best quality.

Like to run this INSET DAY in your school?

Send us an enquiry and we will get in touch to talk about your school's requirements.

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