Teaching Students with SEN by @JulesDaulby

Name: Jules Daulby
Twitter:  @JulesDaulby
Sector:  Secondary
Subject: English
Position: Literacy and Language Coordinator
5 Bits of Advice About: Teaching students with SEN

  1. Make sure students know you care.
  2. Have high expectations – stretch and challenge.
  3. Look after your students with SEN and it will benefit all.
  4. Know your students and give them a safe environment to take risks, to fail and ultimately to learn.
  5. Identify the need and put strategy in place.

SEN at Secondary by @JAMingay

Name: Josie Mingay
Twitter name: @JAMingay
Sector: Secondary, Special School
Subject taught (if applicable): English and Literacy
Position: Literacy leader / Lead learner (research)
What is your advice about? SEN at Secondary

1: No SEN label should cause you to lower your expectations of students. Do all you can to remove specific obstacles to learning in order for students to reach ambitious goals.

2: Be explicit about praising students for effort and hard work, rather than achievement. Students with SEN need to see that the journey to the destination is rewarded too.

3: Make use of your SENCo/Learning Support dept – a great resource, often with a wealth of knowledge. Utilise their expertise to aid your planning/teaching.

4: Talk to your students! More than any official document listing suggested strategies, students usually know their obstacles best and can tell you what support they need.

5: Model using metacognitive strategies. One of the best tools for students with SEN is the ability to think about their learning and select strategies to apply to given tasks.

Supporting a Child With Cognition and Learning Difficulties in Your Class by @Mishwood1

Name: Mary Isherwood
Twitter name: @Mishwood1
Sector: Special school
Subject taught (if applicable): All subjects
Position: Headteacher
What is your advice about? Supporting a child with Cognition and Learning difficulties in your class

1: Consider use of visual prompts to support routines and understanding. Examples are visual timetables; visual equipment mats showing resources for lessons.

2: Labelling of cupboards for resources including photos / symbols where appropriate can support with making resources accessible and promoting independence.

3: Use of minimal language focussing on key words / concepts can support a child’s understanding of information or instructions.

4: Finding motivators appropriate to each child can help with engaging them in their learning  – find a reward to work towards and break learning down into manageable chunks.

5: Remember a lot of good practice for supporting pupils with learning difficulties is good practice for all of your pupils.