Routes for Learning materials support practitioners in assessing the early communication and cognitive skills of learners with profound and multiple learning difficulties (PMLD).
As part of our wider reform of curriculum and assessment arrangements in Wales, a range of practitioners and experts are working together to update the current Routes for Learning materials to reflect the latest research in the field, as well as our new educational context.
In April 2019, an amended Routes for Learning Routemap was published. Feedback was gathered via an online form and an all-Wales engagement event which took place in July 2019. The suggestions we are now making and the questions we are posing in relation to the Routemap are in response to the feedback received.
An all-Wales network of schools has played a key role in gathering and quality assuring videos to exemplify the descriptors on the Routemap. 10 examples of exemplification videos were published in April, and were welcomed by practitioners. We are now publishing a further 10 new videos and, again, are seeking your views.
Since June 2019, a Routes for Learning Advisory Group has been updating the Routes for Learning guidance to enable practitioners to assess learners with PMLD and identify how to support them in developing their learning. Advisory Group members include practitioners and academic experts who are active in this field. The draft guidance can be found below and your feedback will be essential in helping us to finalise its content.
The Routes for Learning Routemap provides an overview showing key milestones (shown in orange boxes) of learners’ early cognitive development, communication and social interaction. It is felt that learners will go through these key milestones, although the routes they take may vary according to their physical, sensory and learning needs.
Every box on the Routemap is numbered for ease of reference. Learners should not be expected to achieve them in strict numerical order.
Here, you will find the version of the Routemap shared in April 2019. Please consider the Routemap side-by-side with the suggestions and questions outlined in the ‘Have your say’ section.
1. Notices stimuli
3. Responds to very obvious stimulus
6. Responds to range of stimuli
26. Intentional exploration of the environment
31. Attracts attention
32. Initiates social game
33. Object permanaence
35. Selects from two or more items
36. Communicates choice to attentive adult
40. Expresses preference for items not present via symbolic means
Routes for Learning draft guidance
Ongoing work and next steps
We are gathering feedback via the form below. Please send your responses to firstname.lastname@example.org by 6 March 2020. We are also holding two engagement events to gather your views on the updated Routes for Learning materials. They will take place as follows:
11 February – Venue Cymru, Llandudno
25 February – Park Plaza, Cardiff
Over the coming months, we will also be updating the assessment booklet and continuing to gather exemplification videos and case studies. Should your setting/school wish to contribute videos and/or case studies, please contact email@example.com by 6 March 2020.
The full suite of Routes for Learning materials will be finalised and published in summer 2020.