There is no one-way to support children in school. It will depend on your child’s needs. The law does not say what type, level or frequency of support a child should receive.
Support is usually provided through the normal learning and teaching that takes place in school. Depending on your child’s needs extra support may include:
- short bursts of intensive work, 1 to 1 or in a group, with a teacher or learning support assistant
- working with a child on a learning programme such as Toe by Toe, Read Write Inc.
- extra time to complete work
- changing the classroom environment to suit a child’s needs
- using a visual timetable to help a child manage their time
- providing coping strategies or a quiet space to help children with their behaviour
- a teacher adapting how he or she teaches a lesson (for example breaking down the lesson into smaller chunks)
- adapting learning materials to a child’s needs
- using special equipment or IT
- creating a circle of friends to support a child who is isolated during break or lunch times.
Sometimes different types of support, particularly behaviour support, have to be tried and tested to see which ones work best for a child.