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 which meets the need of all groups of children. This approach includes:
- Teachers are determined that all pupils achieve well by having consistently high expectations of all pupils’ attitudes to learning.
- Teachers use highly effective questioning and modelling that supports the learning of all groups of pupils.
- Teachers check pupils understanding and offer clearly directed and timely support.
- Teachers provide pupils with incisive feedback about what pupils can do to improve their understanding.
- The quality of teaching means that pupils love the challenge of learning. They thrive in lessons and also regularly take up opportunities to learn through extra-curricular activities.
- Parents are provided with clear and timely information on how well their child is progressing and how well their child is doing in relation to the standards expected. Parents are given guidance about how to support their child to improve.
Rutland has produced Toolkit guidance for settings on identifying and supporting children and young people with special educational needs.