Monthly Archives: October 2015

#StarterForFive Advice for new teachers

I have taken up the invitation to contribute to the ‘Starter for Five’ blog – collating advice from a range of practitioners for new teachers. It’s a great idea so if you have not already written your  ‘Starter for five’ – perhaps now is the time?

Starter For Five

Name:  Mary Isherwood
Twitter: @Mishwood1

Sector: Special School

Subject: All subjects

Position: Headteacher

5 bits of advice about:  Supporting a child with Cognition and learning difficulties in your class

  1. Consider use of visual prompts to support routines and understanding. Examples are visual timetables; visual equipment mats showing resources for lessons.
  2. Labelling of cupboards for resources including photos / symbols where appropriate can support with making resources accessible and promoting independence.
  3. Use of minimal language focussing on key words / concepts can support a child’s understanding of information or instructions.
  4. Finding motivators appropriate to each child can really help with engaging them in their learning – finding a reward to work towards and breaking their learning down into manageable chunks.
  5. Remember alot of good practice for supporting pupils with learning difficulties is good practice for all of your pupils.