Complex Learning Difficulties And Disabilities Research Project

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Welcome to SSAT (The Schools Network) Ltd Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (CLDD) research project website.

The Department for Education identified through feedback from schools that educators needed a new teaching and learning framework to meet the needs of children and young people with Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (CLDD). SSAT was commissioned to develop resources to support schools in educating these children.

Further details about the project can be found on the 'Project information' page, reached by clicking on the named button to the left. To access the three tools which make up the Engagement for learning resource framework, please click on the 'Project resources' button or the photo buttons below.


Creating a graph from CLDD data - A new resource available to download here.

CLDD Publications

The CLDD booklet series (a set of 6 booklets) are available for download.

A vision for the 21st century special school

Children with complex learning difficulties and disabilities – who are they and how do we teach them?

Curriculum reconciliation and children with complex learning difficulties and disabilities

Mental health and emotional well-being

Professional learning and building a wider workforce

The family context, community and society

Final Report

The research project full report is available here.

The engagement ladder

We have added a new resource - The engagement ladder, to be used before the profile and scale. Find out more information here.