Research shows that the most effective method for improving the progress of all students is quality teaching, by all teachers for all students. But, is this happening consistently well in your school? The desired goal is that all students regardless of ability, should receive the best teaching, but in fact the demands placed on teachers in the classroom can feel enormous, and what invariably happens is that teachers teach to the middle ground and struggle with the peripheral vision. It’s a bit like, children who have sensory issues, they can focus happily on the tunnel vision, the straight ahead, but if they take in what’s in their side view, it can become overwhelming.
It’s no surprise that some teaching staff do this, with pressures from the changes to the curriculum, funding, staff, assessments, attainment scores, it is not surprising that teachers can struggle to keep up, let alone plan lessons and ensure students in their care make good progress.
Why teaching your teachers about SEND is vital?
An average of Four Children in EVERY classroom in England has some form of identified Special Educational Need or Disability. We think that fact in itself, should tell you all you need to know about why it is important.
There is a growing North/South divide in educational attainment as identified in the Performance Tables issued recently.
Our Children are Our Future, we have a duty to them and to ourselves to ensure they are as successful as possible, after all it will be them that will be looking after us in later life.
When it comes to improving classroom teaching practice with a specific focus on students with Special Educational Needs and/or Disability, how do you do this?
Developing Effective Teachers.
We need to build reflective teachers, who have time to discuss and learn from their own teaching and those of others. We need teachers who are willing to admit mistakes and learn from them. We need teachers who can support and develop each other’s practice.
As leaders of Teachers do we consider?
How your teachers develop relationships with their students?
How they greet them at the classroom door?
What students say about their lessons?
Is student creativity and diversity celebrated? – How do you know?
Are students with SEND taught primarily by the teacher or the Teaching Assistant? – How do you know?
Do teachers build relationships with their student’s parents/carers? – How do you know?
Do teachers understand the implications of the SEND Code of Practice in their classroom teaching? – How do you know?
Do teachers understand fully the needs of the children with SEND and how those needs impact on their learning? – How do you know?
We have almost sold out this event and are pleased to see so many of our innovative schools and colleges have booked a place.
We know that you are willing to learn, want to change and are eager to work together to improve life chances for all children and young people with Special Needs.
If you are one of those schools who acknowledge you need to develop your whole-school strategies, please take advantage of this free opportunity. We will be sharing some fantastic resources to take back to your education setting.