With 15% of pupils being identified as having special education needs and disabilities, inclusion is more important than ever. However, while this is something that schools strive for, it can be difficult to practise on a day-to-day basis.
We’ve compiled a list of 5 easy and simple tips to help promote inclusion in your classroom on a day-to-day basis:
1. Use visual aids
Posters, charts and diagrams can be very useful in helping children to understand difficult concepts. Televisions and iPads can also be effective for modifying lessons to suit a range of different needs.
2. Store materials where all pupils can access them
If possible, store all books and equipment in such a way that they are accessible to all the children in the class, including wheelchair users.
3. Minimise distractions
Keep pupils engaged by limiting any distractions. This can range from closing the classroom door to ensuring your room is clutter free.
4. Have individual expectations
It’s important not to compare pupils who have different capabilities. Have goals tailored towards each individual student and allow them to progress at a pace that suits them.
5. Try a multi-sensory approach
While some students may learn best by reading, others may find it easier to remember information by writing it down. Combining a variety of teaching techniques will help students to retain information when they have different learning styles.
Have you got any advice on promoting inclusion for other teachers? Let us know in the comments!