As you navigate these pages, those of you who are new to teaching have the opportunity to work with your mentors, colleagues, or your tutors, as you develop your skills and your understanding to be a teacher of everyone. Compatible with instructional coaching, the materials are embedded in the context of everyday teaching in diverse and dynamic classrooms and applicable to teachers of all key stages.
Informed by practitioner expertise, this resource supports the novice teacher to learn like an expert, alongside teacher mentors and professionals. The ambition is to enable trainees to develop flexible and adaptive approaches from the outset of their career, to enable them to enjoy the professional challenge of teaching children across the ability range.
Rather than experiencing a feeling of ‘reality shock’ when induction starts, this resource supports early career practitioners to be responsive to pupil need and adapt instruction for struggling learners. In turn, this enables better curriculum engagement and improved outcomes.
This resource is a valuable companion to the ITT Core Content Framework and the Early Career Framework. Trainees, mentors and providers can use it in conjunction with the Teacher Handbook: SEND.
In this section you’ll find a range of writing and think pieces to inform continuous discourse on inclusive teaching.
It builds on trainee teachers’ prior knowledge and experiences and actively engages in rich tasks that help achieve conceptual understanding and transferable knowledge and skills.
It sets the platform for a blended approach of theory and practice. Adopting inquiry as a major learning strategy, this resource thoughtfully interweaves explicit instruction and well-scaffolded opportunities to practice and apply learning.
Trainees are encouraged to maintain a reflective log as they engage with the resources across the site.
Working through these case studies will help developing teachers practice noticing, problem solving, reflection, challenge of assumptions, understanding and ultimately develop the expertise to be adaptive in action.
They have been designed by school-based practitioners, in partnership with HEIs and SCITTs to provide a structured and detailed narrative through which trainees can work with a mentor, to deepen knowledge of the barriers to curriculum access experienced by learners with special needs and working with expert teachers to identify need and adopt effective instructional approaches.
A range of ages and phases are covered. Mentors and trainees are encouraged to ‘transpose’ the scenarios to a relevant key stage to expand the resource and embed new learning. These collaborative learning opportunities support new teachers to question, explain, and elaborate their thoughts and co-construct solutions.
This section highlights themes that are particularly useful to Special Educational Needs, and flow through the curriculum. For example, the focus on noticing and language challenge deterministic approaches to pupils who have diagnostic labels. These permeating themes align quality teaching approaches to working with learners who struggle.
The resource consists of downloadable powerpoints. Each supports an inclusive pedagogy and together they are a guide through a trainee’s journey, which can be returned to again and again.