Inclusion support for teachers and SENCOs
A new resource has been launched by Scope and the Department for Education (DfE) to help schools include children with SEN and impairments in mainstream classrooms. Learning Together, an online tool, provides simple tips for teachers and SENCOs to help them support these children in the classroom.
The DfE says that there are more than 1.6million children with SEN in schools, 779,665 in mainstream primary education alone. Of these, only 226,125 have a formal statement of SEN, which details the child’s needs and how they should be met at school.
Recent research by the Nuffield Foundation suggests that many teachers and teaching assistants feel under prepared when it comes to supporting pupils with SEN and impairments. When schools struggle to make inclusion work, the education and wellbeing of individual pupils can suffer greatly, and classrooms can be subject to severe disruptions.
Learning Together was designed by Scope and funded by the DfE. Developed with the help of an expert panel of teachers and specialists, it includes practical tips and techniques for the classroom and information on impairments and their possible impact on pupils’ learning. The resource covers strategies for teaching at P levels, early year’s foundation stage and key stages 1 to 4 across all the national curriculum subjects.