Complex Learning Difficulties And Disabilities Research Project

Engagement profile & scale

Please download read the engagement profile and scale document below before attempting to use the tools.

What is the Engagement Profile and Scale?

Engagement is the single best predictor of successful learning for children with learning disabilities (Iovannone et al., 2003). Without engagement, there is no deep learning (Hargreaves, 2006), effective teaching, meaningful outcome, real attainment or quality progress (Carpenter, 2010).

The Engagement Profile and Scale is a classroom tool developed through SSAT’s research into effective teaching and learning for children with complex learning difficulties and disabilities. It allows teachers to focus on the child’s engagement as a learner and create personalised learning pathways. It prompts student-centred reflection on how to increase the learner’s engagement leading to deep learning.

Engagement is multi-dimensional, and encompasses awareness, curiosity, investigation, discovery, anticipation, persistence and initiation. By focusing on these seven indicators of engagement, teachers can ask themselves questions such as: ‘How can I change the learning activity to stimulate Robert’s curiosity?’ ‘What can I change about this experience to encourage Shannon to persist?’

The adaptations made and the effect on the student’s level of engagement can be recorded, together with a score on the engagement scale. Over time, it is possible to chart the success of interventions and adjustments, and the effect this has had on the student’s levels of engagement.

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Definitions: Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities / Engagement

The engagement ladder

Creating a graph from CLDD data

Mainstream schools wording
Engagement profile and scale document (Word 97-2003)

Engagement profile template (Word 2007)
Engagement profile template (alternative Word 97-2003 version)
Engagement scale template (Word 97-2003)
Observation schedule (Word 97-2003)

Special schools / early years wording
Engagement profile and scale document (Word 97-2003)


Engagement profile template (Word 2007)

Engagment profile template (alternative Word 97-2003 version)
Engagement scale template (Word 97-2003)

Observation schedule (Word 97-2003)