Bright Teachers

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SEND issues in mainstream school

As a classroom teacher you may be required to teach children with additional needs alongside their peers who are following the curriculum as set out in the National Curriculum. This can be difficult to manage without additional support in the classroom. Currently in education it is felt that children with additional needs are best placed in a mainstream school and given one to one support but financially for the school this may not be feasible unless there is additional funding in place.

Teachers often need to prepare additional materials to make the curriculum accessible for children with additional needs and this can be time consuming if it involves enlarging text or adapting resources. A teaching assistant may be available to help with this at the start of the day or even at the start of the week if possible.

It is essential with all children to develop a good relationship with their parents and carers, but this is especially important with the parents of children with additional needs who may feel anxious about their child’s progress. A team approach is beneficial to everyone concerned in the academic progress and happiness of pupils so good communication skills and a compassionate outlook is essential on behalf of the teacher.