How to support learning and wellbeing in mainstream and STEM settings

Jane Wood-Chambers

Tuesday, 15 January 2019

Establishing and maintaining a fully inclusive classroom is an essential part of being a teacher. It is probably the most important area of your practice and achieving inclusivity for all will ensure that everyone feels valued and safe.

This encourages students to make progress and strive towards what they are capable of.

To ensure that this happens there need be some initiatives in place; practical and pedagogical.

There are 5 non-negatable practical initiatives and a number of pedagogical approaches that will need to be considered in order to begin the process of creating an inclusive classroom environment. Not only that but an environment that supports your SEND pupils and their well-being in mainstream settings.

1. Know and understand the pupils in your class

  • Making sure that you have as much information on each pupil is essential. Not just the academic and their journey through the curriculum, but know their learning styles, their strengths and areas for development, their home language and any specific special educational needs or disabilities and ensuring the pupils' well-being is considered.
  • Read the paperwork that accompanies the pupil. Get to know and understand their issues and their diagnosis or the areas that have shown a cause for concern. Look at what has worked and what has not been so successful in their focus work or their 1:1. Think about the best way to integrate their needs; be it learning or physical, into the classroom routine and rhythm. 

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Jane Wood-Chambers
Editorial Advisory Board Lead

Over 27 years of educational experiences in a number of settings. Developed a clear vision and ethos for inclusion which puts the child at the centre and a clear understanding of how to support, engage and nurture the individual.

Ability to train all staff through effective and reflective continual professional development in behavioural management techniques that begin, establish and maintain change in all.

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