It is important that all teachers are aware of the importance of identifying and providing for pupils who have additional support needs, and that an individual child’s needs are made known to all who are likely to teach him/her.
This 5 hour online CPD course reviews recent disability and ASN legislation that impacts on inclusive classroom practice, explores how teachers might identify learners’ additional needs in the classroom and considers available arrangements for assessments.
Section 1 Overview
This short section sets the context for the whole course by defining additional support needs and exploring what is meant by Inclusion. A brief overview of the whole course is provided to enable participants to plan their time and to prepare for Section 2.
Section 2 Legislation
This 2 part section introduces the recent legislation and national initiatives relevant to Inclusion, Disability and Additional Support Needs.
Part 1 looks briefly at disability legislation and guidance as it affects schools while part 2 explores legislation about Additional Support Needs and introduces some of the guidance provided for local education authorities and schools.
Section 3 Identification of Additional Support Needs
This 4 part section reviews assessment in terms of the Curriculum for Excellence and Assessment is for Learning (AifL) and explores the arrangements often made in schools to identify the additional learning needs of individual pupils. Separate parts provide a closer look at:
▪monitoring individual progress
▪standardised and diagnostic testing
Some classroom observation instruments that may be used to help identify barriers to learning within the curriculum and checklists to help identify an individual’s additional needs in the classroom are provided.
Course participants are offered the opportunity to undertake practical activities in their own establishment. When these are undertaken, details of how long was spent on each should be logged. Comments/ queries about activities undertaken should be posted on the interactive course forum where the course tutor and other participants may respond.
Section 4 Arrangements for Assessments
This short 2 part section explores the arrangements (reasonable adjustments) available for candidates with a disability and/or additional needs in assessments and examinations.
The criteria to be met for eligibility to arrangements for assessment are reviewed and some examples of reasonable adjustments and available arrangements are explored. Course members are asked to identify provision within their own schools and authorities. (Note: Course materials refer to existing SQA procedures)