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What type of extra support might my child receive?

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.

You can:
- ask your child's class teacher for a copy of their learning plan or to explain how they are being supported if they don't have a plan
- share strategies that work at home with your child's teacher. Sometimes they can be adapted for the classroom, for examples things that can help calm your child down
- share any likes or dislikes your child has particularly if they have sensory issues.

Possible conversations starters:
- Can you share with me how you are supporting my child’s writing?
- I've found that giving my child a 10 and 5 minute warning to finish a task really helps.
- My child finds it difficult to cope with lots of noise. Can he use earplugs in class during noisy activities?

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Who provides extra support for children’s learning

This factsheet explains the different roles and responsibilities of the professionals who may be supporting your child’s learning.

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Reach is our website offering pupils advice and information about getting the right support in school.

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