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Quality first teaching: guidance
Find out what quality first teaching (QFT) is and understand your requirements in the SEND Code of Practice to review the quality of teaching in your school.
QFT is about inclusivity and supporting all pupils' learning
It's the idea that high-quality teaching should be your first step to responding to pupils who have or may have special educational needs (SEN). This is because additional interventions cannot compensate for a lack of good quality teaching.
High-quality teaching that is differentiated and personalised will meet the individual needs of the majority of pupils.
This is explained in the Special Educational Needs and and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice, on pages 25 and 99.
Understand the key elements of high-quality teaching
The Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), a predecessor to the Department for Education (DfE), developed guidance on quality first teaching.
Highly focused lesson design with sharp objectives High demands of pupil involvement and engagement with their learning High levels of interaction for all pupils Appropriate use of questioning, modelling and explaining on the part of the teacher An emphasis on learning through dialogue, with regular opportunities
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