ICT and SEN: Questions and Answers

1. Are some children with special needs not  a danger to a computer? I teach a Year 1 class, many of whom have severe learning difficulties. Very few are even toilet trained and I know that if I let them loose on a computer it would be broken or smashed within minutes. I realise that …
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English as an Additional Language

Increasingly schools in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland are becoming multi-cultural and many of our pupils are beginning school without English being their first language.  The growth in numbers of pupils with English as an Additional Language (EAL) has been significant over recent years as the Northern Ireland figures below exemplify.  2001-2002: 1366 pupils with …
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Medical Conditions: a brief introduction

If you have a pupil in your class who has medical needs then it is important that you have a thorough knowledge of the school’s policy on administration of medicines or aid.  Adherence to this is vital.  You might like to take your Union’s advice on this. Even if the school policy does not normally …
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Resources & Help

Resources for Deaf/hearing Impaired Children Books for Teachers Professional Development Courses For Teachers Resource Books/Text Books Software Teaching Packs Videos Websites Word Games for Children with SLD(Dyslexia) Listening Activities for Young Children with SLD(Dyslexia) Brain Gym – an approach to physical exercise which some people claim can help learning for all children. These articles are …
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People and Roles in Special Educational Needs

Class Teacher Classroom/Special Needs Assistant (NI) Classroom/Special Needs Assistant (RoI) Learning Support Teacher Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) Paediatrician School Management Educational Psychologist (NI) Educational Psychologist (RoI) Parents Occupational Therapist Resource Teacher Physiotherapist Visiting Teacher/Peripatetic Service Speech and Language Therapist


About Miscellaneous Needs

It is often quoted that everyone has a special educational need at some time in their life. For some this may be very temporary and mild, such as during a period of illness. For others it could be a lifelong condition. Below is a selection of ‘special needs’ which do not fit easily into other …
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Alternative Education

Suspension and Expulsion (NI) Suspension and Expulsion (RoI) Minority Groups Traveller Education (RoI) English as a Second or Additional Language Refugee Children


Teaching strategies to help special educational needs

Although these are divided up to link with various diagnosed difficulties, it is likely that many of the strategies will be useful for children with other problems, included those who may not be on the Special Needs Register. ADHD Aspergers Autistic Spectrum Disorders Behaviourally Challenged Pupils Brittle Bones Cerebral Palsy Coeliac Disease Down’s Syndrome Dysarthia …
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Assessment

All children in education must be assessed regularly and their progress reported to parents. For some children with special educational needs the levels of the national curriculum may not be appropriate. In the UK there is a system for assessing those with special educational needs called the Performance Criteria Scales. (P – levels). These have …
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Student Activity Area

In this area we will publish the work of student teachers and their pupils.  If you have any materials which you would like to share we would be delighted to receive them. Numeracy activity to help pupils deal with bills The Weakest Link Integration of Environmental education, ICT and Art for pupils with Behavioural and …
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