In every class in school there are children who need additional help. Research suggests that at some point in their school lives more that 20% of children will need additional help for a while. This may be following a period of absence, or just because they find it hard to learn something specific like fractions, or because they have a barrier to learning.
All teachers plan to meet the learning needs of all of the children in the class. They do this through differentiation. This might mean that
An adult sits with a group to give them additional support and explanations, or to challenge them to move forwards faster.
An individual child or small group leaves the classroom with an adult to work in a quieter space with fewer distractions
The task is made easier or more challenging, or more support is made available.
However, they manage differentiation, all teachers aim to meet the range of learning needs in the class so that every child is included and every child’s learning moves forwards in every lesson.
Most children who were previously on ‘School Action’ are now catered for by classroom differentiation, although their progress will be very closely tracked to ensure that the children make progress in their learning.
If you are concerned about your child, please talk to:
The class teacher
The key stage leader
The deputy head
The head teacher
We want to work together with all of our parents to ensure that we make the best possible opportunities available for each child.