How to support learners with SEND

Don’t leave interventions to your teaching assistant – take time to get to know children with additional educational needs, says Nancy Gedge

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Starting your first job as a teacher is exciting but it can also be intimidating, especially where special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are concerned. But it is important to remember, as it says in the SEND Code of Practice, that every teacher is a teacher of special needs. That means it is you who is responsible for the children with SEND in your class: not the special educational needs coordinator (Sendco), not the teaching assistant; you.

Teaching children with SEND is a great responsibility – and often a great joy – and part of the work will include interventions. These are ...

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