Focus on ‘quality first teaching’ and differentiation
Quality first teaching and differentiation are key to supporting the progress of pupils with SEN.
To differentiate, teachers need to be aware of pupils' individual needs and make appropriate adjustments, rather than teaching the same material to the whole class in the same way.
They might differentiate by:
- Content: adapting what pupils are expected to learn or how they gain access to knowledge
- Time: allocating more time for some pupils to complete tasks
- Task: using different tasks to achieve the same goal
- Resources: ensuring that pupils have access to appropriate resources that will make work accessible to them
- Technology: for example, allowing some pupils to use ICT
- Feedback: setting individualised goals and targets
- Outcome: making sure that expectations are realistic
For teachers to be 'teachers of SEN', they need to have the skills and resources needed for differentiating work, making adjustments and putting effective strategies in place.
Read more about differentiation and share our audit tool with your teachers.