Teaching in a specialist setting

Thursday 4th May 2017

During our SEN/D module, we received a lecture from a partnership Special Educational Needs school. The aim was to address any misconceptions with regard to teaching in specialist settings. The lecture addressed that there is a wide variety of SEN settings and they may also follow the National Curriculum. Although I have experience in these settings, I have only observed practice using the P-Scales so it was interesting to find out how the National Curriculum is implemented to meet the needs of children with a wide range of needs. This lecture has provided with a variety of key points that may be beneficial within my practice. and has addressed a variety of my own misconceptions. I understand the opportunities that are available to me and how I may develop my practice further. This is something that I aim to develop further. CPD is key!

The lecture suggested that in order for effective teaching to take place, you must…

  • Provide engaging environments
  • High expectations
  • Visual resources
  • Drama – hot seating
  • Give children the same opportunities as you would a mainstream child
  • Fundamental to give children the power of pupil voice – PECS
  • Solid understanding of differentiation
  • Questioning skills – blank level questions (differentiated questions)
  • Reflective practice
  • Highlight key children on planning – individual objectives

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