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As part of the SEN reforms in the Children & Families Bill, schools are being asked to show how they meet the needs of all pupils in their school's local offer. The copy below can be used to explain to parents how high-quality teaching supports children's speech, language and communication development.

Sample copy:

High-quality teaching is when all pupils are included so they can do well at school.

This means:

  • Pupils know and understand what is expected in the lesson – what they are going to learn but also how they should behave. So the rules for talking and working are made clear.
  • Staff are confident in supporting all children’s learning and communication and in identifying those who have difficulties.
  • During the lesson, staff will point out what’s going well e.g. "when Sammy was talking it was good that you looked at her to show you were listening". Praise can really motivate pupils if it is used well.
  • Staff tell pupils what next steps would be, for example "that was interesting information... it would be even better if you also told us how you worked that out".
  • Staff will carefully explain new words and ideas, and check pupils have understood. They use charts, pictures, gestures – anything that helps pupils really understand.
  • Teachers get the balance right between how much they talk, and how much pupils talk, and set up the lesson so that pupils talk to each other or in groups. This means pupils have time to think and are not pressurised by too much information.
  • Teachers will also ask questions which help pupils to think, and demonstrate what helps, or suggest ways of learning or talking e.g. "I usually need time to think, and talk things through in my head" or "what you could say is 'can you say that again please?'".
  • Pupils are encouraged to ask questions when they don't understand – the classroom is 'asking friendly'.
  • At the end of the lesson, pupils will know how they have done, and how they can make this better.

Next Steps

Use the links on the right to find more practical ideas to include all pupils, and ways to change teaching practice so it helps pupils communicate and learn.