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Successful language teaching to lowest prior attainers and students with SEND

About the Session

Inclusive Language Instruction: Strategies for Supporting Students with Diverse Learning Needs


Description: This professional development session is designed to equip language teachers with effective strategies for teaching to students with the lowest prior attainment and those with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND). Participants will explore practical approaches, potential barriers, and inclusive practices to ensure that all students can access and make progress in language learning.


Key Focus Areas:

  1. Understanding Diverse Learning Needs:

    • Delve into the unique learning profiles of students with the lowest prior attainment and SEND, including cognitive, sensory, physical, and emotional factors that may impact language learning.

    • Explore the importance of recognising and valuing the individual strengths and abilities of each student, regardless of their prior attainment or SEND status.

  2. Identifying Potential Barriers:

    • Examine common barriers that may hinder the language learning progress of students with the lowest prior attainment and SEND, including limited language proficiency, cognitive processing challenges, and social-emotional barriers.

    • Explore strategies for identifying and mitigating these barriers through proactive planning, differentiated instruction, and targeted support.

  3. Implementing Inclusive Teaching Practices:

    • Develop strategies for creating an inclusive and supportive learning environment that promotes the active engagement and participation of all students.

    • Explore methods for adapting teaching materials, activities, and assessments to meet the diverse needs and preferences of students with the lowest prior attainment and SEND.

  4. Providing Differentiated Support:

    • Learn how to effectively differentiate instruction to provide scaffolded support and challenge for students with varying levels of language proficiency and learning needs.

    • Explore techniques for incorporating multisensory approaches, visual aids, assistive technologies, and cooperative learning strategies to enhance accessibility and engagement.

  5. Collaborating with SEND department:

    • Discover the importance of collaboration with special education teachers, learning support assistants, SENCO and other professionals, to ensure that students with SEND receive appropriate accommodations and interventions.


Duration: The session is structured for one hour, allowing ample time for interactive, collaborative discussion via Q & A, and exploration of resources.


Additional Benefits: Participants will receive access to a range of resources to support the implementation of inclusive language instruction in their classrooms. Additionally, permission to record the session and a downloadable PDF copy of the presentation will be provided for continued professional development and reference.


By attending this session, language teachers will gain the knowledge, skills, and confidence needed to create an inclusive learning environment where all students can access and succeed in language learning, regardless of their prior attainment or learning needs.


The session can be customised to align with your specific needs, which will be thoroughly addressed during the booking process.

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