Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Be Ready Come September for Students with SEND

Magazine article Times Educational Supplement

Be Ready Come September for Students with SEND

Article excerpt

When children make their transition to secondary, not only do they move from the smaller, more family-oriented, more inclusive primary environment, but they are expected to take on a new kind of independence, one that doesn't involve knowing where the equipment is kept in the classroom, but where, like snails, they must have everything they need with them.

For children with SEND, this, along with moving between classes, can be a real challenge, but there are strategies we can employ to help to make transition as smooth as possible.

1. Preparation

Both for the student and the teacher, being prepared for what is to come is a key element of managing change. We can help new Year 7s by making sure they know where they need to be and at what time - this might involve walking them through the new routine with a TA, it might mean a symbolled-up timetable or large print map.

2. Foundations

All children are experts at getting in a muddle, but some more so than others. It might mean that you give them extra time to sort themselves out at the end of your lesson in the early days, to make sure that they have found all of their things (children are also experts at dropping things and scattering them over an incredibly wide area) - take a leaf out of the Reception teacher's guide to getting pupils changed for PE. …

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