Routes for Learning is a fit-for-purpose assessment for learners with profound learning difficulties and additional disabilities. It was specifically developed with a more holistic view of learners and focuses on how they learn. Routes for Learning take accounts of learners':

  • preferred learning channels and ways of processing information (e.g. visual, auditory, tactile)

  • ways of communicating

  • ways of integrating new experiences with prior learning

  • ability to remember and anticipate routines

  • approaches to problem-solving situations

  • ability to form attachments and interact socially.

The Routes for Learning materials focus on those early communications and cognitive skills that are crucial to all future learning and improved quality of life. The use of these materials is intended not only to support teachers in assessing learners’ current performance but also help them to discover what has shaped that performance.

Routes For Learning is designed to be used across the curriculum with learners of all ages. It supports the development of ‘child considered’ approaches and forms the early part of the Literacy and Numeracy Framework in Wales.

All learners working up to P4 will follow Routes for Learning. Their progress will be mapped against their own personal route map. It is an extremely flexible approach that enables us to record and recognise progress no matter how small. It meets the very individual needs of learners by showing a range of possible learning pathways including a main cognitive route, a communication route and alternative routes unique to individuals.