You are here

Learning Tracks

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

First Edition
Additional resources:

November 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

Sample Materials & Chapters

Learning Tracks Booklet Example

Lindy Furby

  Lindy Furby has had a long and interesting career in education. She taught in two primary schools in Brixton London. She then became a primary maths consultant for the Inner London Education Authority; her job was to encourage enthusiastic mathematics teaching. To facilitate her work she took an OU degree in mathematics (and cried her way through summer school – she is not a natural mathematician). Next she moved to Bradford to become a senior lecturer in maths and mathematics education and gained a Masters degree in Maths and Maths Education. After twelve years another move north took her to Edinburgh where she briefly taught in an... More About Author

Jilly Catlow

Jilly Catlow has been teaching in special education for 8 years.  As a trained primary teacher, she always knew that she wanted to work in special education, originally with children with social, emotional and behavioural difficulties and autism.  Learning disability was something that Jilly was first introduced to in her first mainstream class with a little girl with moderate learning disabilities.  This interest grew quickly and Jilly began working at St. Crispin’s two years later.  As a relatively inexperienced teacher, especially with severe and complex learning disabilities, Jilly was lucky enough to have Lindy in... More About Author

Purchasing options

Please select a format:

ISBN: 9781473912533
ISBN: 9781473912526

SAGE Knowledge is the ultimate social sciences digital library for students, researchers, and faculty. Hosting more than 4,400 titles, it includes an expansive range of SAGE eBook and eReference content, including scholarly monographs, reference works, handbooks, series, professional development titles, and more.

The platform allows researchers to cross-search and seamlessly access a wide breadth of must-have SAGE book and reference content from one source.