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At Riverside School we are committed to research-based and innovative practice.

Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (C.L.D.D.)
We were heavily involved in the Complex Learning Difficulties and Disabilities (C.L.D.D.) Research Project, led by Dr Barry Carpenter and, as one of the initial 15 Trial Schools selected nationally, we were involved in researching:

  • How a new definition of C.L.D.D. was relevant for a new generation of increasingly complex learners who are presenting in schools.
  • How new styles of pedagogy are needed for these learners, with a specific focus on individualised engagement.

The final report for the C.L.D.D. Research Project can be found at:

The main outcome from the research was to create tools for teachers, including “The Engagement Profile” and further details can be found at

This sparked off a project to create online resources to support and train teachers and teaching assistants working with children with a range of disabilities. Riverside hosted a Filming day to provide materials for these resources as well as providing written case studies, information and consultation during development. These Training and Development Agency (TDA) approved resources are available online and can be found at:

We have worked closely with SwiftKey (who also work with Professor Stephen Hawking to develop communication technology) to aid them in developing an assistive App powered by SwiftKey’s core contextual language prediction technology. The aim is to bring an accessible, free App to people with talking and learning difficulties so that they can communicate more easily with their friends and family. We are privileged to have had the opportunity to work alongside SwiftKey, to test and feedback on their App and are delighted to now have access to this pioneering technology.

Further information on the SwiftKey Symbols App CLICK HERE