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Our approach to teaching children with SEND

Teachers are responsible for and accountable for the progress and development of all the pupils in their class. Quality first teaching is our first step in responding to the needs of pupils who have SEN. This will be differentiated for individual pupils, so that all children are able to experience success.


At Westwood:

  • Teaching and resources are differentiated to ensure that all children are able to be successful.
  • Teachers have the highest possible expectations for each child in their class.
  • Teaching builds on what each child already knows, can do and can understand.
  • Different styles of teaching are in place so every child is fully involved with learning in class. This may involve a range of access arrangements, for example, using more practical resources, visual resources, small group work and talking partners.
  • Specific strategies - suggested by the SEN and Inclusion Team or outside agencies - are in place to support each child’s learning.
  • The class teacher will carefully check on each child’s progress and will decide whether a child has gaps in their learning and needs some extra support to help them make the best possible progress. All children receive this provision as part of our commitment to quality first teaching.


Monitoring & Training

We continually monitor provision to ensure that children have access to high quality teaching and to ensure that quality first teaching is embedded throughout the school. The Westwood staff team are committed to ongoing professional development and act upon the advice and guidance that they are provided with, so that they are able to meet the diverse needs of every child in their care.