Education helps children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities to thrive.
Nearly all children with SEND go to a 'mainstream' early years setting or school. Many children and young people may need some extra help or support at some time. Very few children will have special educational needs (SEN) that are long-term or a disability or medical condition that significantly affects their learning. It is important to identify children who do have SEND as early as possible. This is known as early intervention and makes sure they get the help they need.
In schools and colleges, there is an expectation that all children, including those with special educational needs, receive a universal offer of high quality teaching. This is sometimes called Quality First Teaching or Wave 1 offer. This approach includes:
- A clear and consistent approach to identifying when a child or young person has special educational needs and how to support them to achieve good outcomes.
- Lessons are highly focused with sharp objectives
- Teachers have high demands of pupil involvement and engagement with learning
- There are high levels of interaction for all pupils
- Lessons have appropriate use of questioning, modelling, explaining
- There is an emphasis on learning through dialogue – this might be modified for children who have a special educational need
Rutland has produced Toolkit guidance for settings on identifying and supporting children and young people with special educational needs.