Primary Special Needs – Differentiation

Practical steps to include and help special needs pupils perform This programme shows the practical steps taken by teachers and staff at Kingston Park Primary School in Newcastle to ensure that special needs pupils are not only included but also perform to the best of their abilities. In their pursuit of inclusion staff take great care over their own vocabulary, avoiding terms like ‘unit’ or ‘special needs rooms’. Attention is paid to pupil grouping and pairing, with special needs pupils matched with other pupils in class to their mutual benefit. The school has also pioneered a smart system of planning, involving splitting pupils into three broad bands with an extra column on the planning sheet for pupils with special needs.
Teachers and support staff spell out how these strategies have been developed and how they are put into operation. The programme features a literacy lesson which demonstrates many of the techniques used.

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