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Learning Tracks

Learning Tracks
Planning and Assessing Learning for Children with Severe and Complex Needs

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February 2016 | 144 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Learning Tracks is an assessment tool to support the planning and assessment of learning for children and young people with severe and complex learning disabilities (SCLD). It was designed by Lindy Furby and Jilly Catlow while teaching at St Crispin’s School for children and young people with severe and complex learning disabilities. 

At the very early stages of learning, the steps that children and young people make can be small but incredibly significant for them and those who teach them. However, it can be problematic to evidence and formally recognise these achievements and plan next steps. Learning Tracks presents a framework to recognise achievement at these early levels and plan for progression through challenge, breadth and application. The Learning Tracks framework for recognising achievement at very early levels of learning:

  • Can help teachers understand the way their children may be learning
  • Offers a vocabulary for describing the learning
  • Offers a structure for planning the learning

When you purchase Learning Tracks, you receive the book that introduces you to the framework and theories underpinning Learning Tracks, describes the curriculum included and demonstrates how it can be implemented in your setting. In addition to this book you will also receive access to the complete ready-made Learning Tracks assessment tool that can be downloaded online. This is available as a PDF with editable elements and a template you can personalise it to suit your individual needs. 

The access code in this book may be used by the purchaser and shared within their educational setting in order to allow access to the accompanying materials. Access codes must not be shared with others outside the specific educational setting. Permission to copy materials marked as handouts/downloads is granted to the purchaser/setting for educational, non-commercial use only.


Part 1: The Theoretical Foundations of Learning Tracks
Chapter 1: Learning and Memory
Chapter 2: Learning and Teaching Theories
Chapter 3: Standards and Expectations
Part 2: The Curricular Content of Learning Tracks
Chapter 4: Communications, Language and Literacy
Chapter 5: Health and Wellbeing
Chapter 6: Mathematics
Part 3: Using Learning Tracks
Chapter 7: The Framework for Recognising Achievement
Chapter 8: Adapting Learning Tracks

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