What is the Pre-Formal Curriculum?

The Pre Formal Curriculum is a specialist Visual and Sensory Impairment Curriculum for our learners who have Profound and Multiple Learning Disabilities (PMLD). The aim of which is to ensure that the time learners spend at school is as meaningful and impactful as possible. This will be achieved by modifying the National Curriculum subject areas to create pupil centred outcomes. We will use the content of our learners’ EHCPs to ensure our learners are being taught relevant content in the right way. Our topics will change every term, but be sequential in content to help learners transfer and apply new learning in different settings.


The learners operating within this pathway have profound and multiple learning difficulties made more complex by the impact of sensory impairments. The added complexity of the profound nature of the learners disabilities result in difficulty in extracting information from the immediate environment. As a consequence the learners tend to be reactive to their environment as they are unable to predict and create a personal relationship with their surroundings as they are not receiving the relevant feedback from it. As a result these learners require a curriculum and teaching approaches that are bespoke and personalised to the exact engagement profiles of the individual. The age range of this pathway works through the entire school and is equally relevant to learners at all Key Stages.