Teacher tips for pupils with SEND
“The main goal is to ensure that they come out feeling confident.”
A look at how you can offer the best support for SEND pupils.
This short film explores how both primary and secondary schools can offer the best support for pupils with SEND.
Hope School in Liverpool is a specialist SEND school that empowers pupils to control their own behavior. Year 6 teacher Hayley Gee explains: “Most of our children, when they're either in meltdown or they don't want to communicate with people, don't like to have chats, so they go on the sensory circuit. It's kind of a distraction because children are doing activities that they really, really enjoy.” This allows them to get calm so they can return to class a lot quicker.
One of the biggest challenges can be the transition from primary to secondary school. Hayley says: “Lots of our children fear change. It can cause them lots of anxiety and worry. They like to have a routine in their life, they like to know what's coming next.”
One of the ways they try to support SEND pupils through this period is by creating a 'Transitional Bubble', were a child will explain their feelings, worries and questions they have. But also, exploring the things they might be looking forward to in their next school.
At St Peter's, a mainstream school in Huntingdon, staff are briefed weekly to ensure the needs of the pupils are met. Teacher Lisa Nahajski explains: “We'll be told different ways of helping students, we'll be told how to support them in lessons. So if they need a specific resource, a specific colour, a specific font, then we don't have to go in search for it, we don't have to ask for it.”
This is key for making SEND pupils feel valued. As Lisa says: “I want them to know that even though they're in mainstream education, we still know about them, we still know how to help them. That's all I want as a teacher.”
If you’re a teacher in need of support, call Education Support's free and confidential 24/7 emotional support helpline on 08000 562 561.