SEN and Underachievement in Primary School: Exploring the differences

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SEN and Underachievement in Primary School: Exploring the differences
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Phase: 
Primary
ISBN: 
9781907567780
Published: 
May 2013

Introduction

‘As a whole, pupils currently identified as having special educational needs are disproportionately from disadvantaged backgrounds, are much more likely to be absent or excluded from school, and achieve less well than their peers, both in terms of their attainment at any given age and in terms of their progress over time.’

Special Educational Needs and Disability Review, Ofsted 2010

There is a significant gap in educational achievement between pupils identified as SEN and pupils with no SEN and when more than 20% of the school population are identified as having SEN, this obviously affects all schools and all teachers.

Pupils identified as having a special educational needs do face barriers to their learning, but with proper support there is no reason for them to underachieve. So what can you or the whole school do to address the learning barriers for their underachieving pupils?

Only available as an eBook

What is an eBook? An eBook is electronic version of a printed book which can be read on a computer or a specifically designed handheld device. This eBook is in PDF format and can be shared with your colleagues.

This eBook is a section from the Understanding and Tackling Underachievement in Primary Schools which is currently on sale and available in both print and eBook.

Benefits

SEN and Underachievement in Primary School: Exploring the differences examines what is meant by underachievement by pupils with SEN and suggests approaches you could take to try to address it. It will enable you to:

  • challenge assumptions about the achievement of pupils with SEN
  • use data to identify which pupils are underachieving  and which are achieving at or beyond expectations in spite of their SEN
  • understand attainment and progress tracking for pupils with SEN
  • use pupil voice to understand more clearly where learning barriers lie
  • create an action plan to address underachievement at a whole-school level
  • equip teachers to engage in action research and reflective practice.

Summary of contents

SEN and Underachievement in Primary School: Exploring the differences is a practical resource which will show you how to:

  • use data and context to identify pupils with SEN who are underachieving in your school
  • consider the underachievement and possible causes in detail – gender, ethnic group, home circumstances, summer born, economic/social disadvantage
  • analyse whether underachievement is actual or relative and how consistently it occurs
  • look at possible school-based reasons for underachievement and what you could do about them
  • action plan to address underachievement at a whole-school  and individual level
  • support teachers to reflect on their practice and engage in action research.

This resource includes:

  • case studies
  • reflective questions
  • teacher activities
  • research findings
  • action planning templates.

Chapter breakdown

Section 1: SEN and underachievement: identifying issues and removing barriers to learning

More than 20% of pupils in school are currently identified as having a special educational need: a significant proportion of the pupil population. Teaching children with SEN and ensuring the barriers to their learning are addressed is therefore the responsibility of all teachers. This section helps to identify and suggest ways to positively address issues causing underachievement for pupils with SEN.

Benefits

  • Look in detail at underachievement of pupils with SEN in your school and understand the reasons for it in each case
  • Create action plans to address underachievement at a whole-school and individual level.

Section 2: Addressing underachievement in the whole-school context: moving forward

To bring about change across a school, it is important for staff to work together and to address the issue at a whole-school level. For lasting and meaningful change to occur, staff need to understand the central importance of culture, values and expectations and be prepared to question these in your school. Here we look at how you can establish collaborative problem-solving through action research, reflective practice and communities of enquiry.

Benefits

  • Understand the importance of a whole-school approach  to change
  • Develop individual action research projects looking into the underachievement of pupils with SEN
  • Establish communities of enquiry across the school
  • See the central role played by engaging pupil voice and understand how to go about doing this.

Details

Only available as an eBook

What is an eBook? An eBook is electronic version of a printed book which can be read on a computer or a specifically designed handheld device. This eBook is in PDF format and can be shared with your colleagues.

This eBook is a section from the Understanding and Tackling Underachievement in Primary Schools which is currently on sale and available in both print and eBook.

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