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What support every pupil should receive (Quality First Teaching)

Quality First Teaching

In every school in Kirklees, the LA expects them to offer support to every pupil in the way that they deliver teaching, provide differentiation (the way that they offer work for different levels of ability) and work with children with SEND.

Below are some of the things teachers might do to help to meet a child’s needs in class. This is the school’s core offer, meaning it is available to all children.  Some children just need a bit of extra help to catch up with the other children – this does not mean that they have SEND.

  • The teacher will get to know all the children well: know what they like and dislike when they are learning, and how they prefer to learn: by seeing things, by doing things or by hearing things. The teacher will teach in a multisensory way so that children can use all their senses to learn.
  • The teacher will try to link what they are teaching to things in the children’s lives.
  • The teacher will have clear, positive rules for how the children behave and will remind the children of these regularly. All staff will behave as they want the children to behave.
  • Teachers will understand the children’s diverse cultures and religions and will include these in the child’s learning.
  • The teacher may give different sorts of work to different children, to help meet their needs.
  • The teacher will give children extra time to think or to finish their work if they need it.
  • The teacher will give children the chance to teach and learn from each other.
  • There may be other children (buddies) whose job it is to help children make friends and feel better in school. There will also be clubs that children can go to at lunch time, where they can make friends.
  • The teacher will understand that sometimes children with different sorts of needs can feel miserable and upset and may get bullied. The school will be very clear with the children about what bullying is and how to deal with it, so that children are confident to tell teachers about what happens. The teacher will make sure that the pupils have lots of chances to succeed and to feel good about themselves.
  • The teacher will teach the children how to ask for help, and how to show that they don’t understand something. For example, some teachers will give children red, amber and green cards to put on their desks to show how much they understand.
  • The teacher will break down instructions and new learning into small steps that are easy to understand; they will use pictures and gestures to help children understand. The teacher may write down the key points for some children and will point out the important parts of any work they set the children.
  • Where the teacher is going to use new words, they may teach these to the children first and will link these to what the children already know.
  • The teacher will tell parents how they can help their children at home.
  • The teacher may give different children different classwork and homework to do to help meet their needs. The teacher will also show the children what good pieces of work look like.
  • The teacher will be assessing how hard the children have tried and what they have done, as well as how good their work is.
  • The teacher will tell the children what is good about their work and what they need to do to improve.
  • When a child is going to move class or move school, the teacher will plan, with the parents/carers how to help the child to make the change.
  • When a child has a big change at home, like a death or a family split, the teacher will plan with the parents/carers and the child how best to help the child deal with this.

More guidance can be found in this Kirklees Quality First Teaching document (opens pdf in new window)

  • The teacher will teach the children how to be active listeners.
  • The teacher will teach the children how to behave in different groups and places and give the children the chance to practice this.
  • The staff in the class will make sure that the children know what is going to happen during the lesson and during the day. If there are going to be any changes to the normal routine, the children will be told about these well before they happen. School trips will be planned well in advance to meet the needs of the pupils
  • The teacher will make sure that the classroom is a good place to learn, with useful symbols, keywords, pictures and models displayed. Staff will try to make sure there is plenty of light in the classroom and it is not too noisy. If a child needs a picture timetable this will be provided.
  • The teacher will make sure that children get the chance to work in different pairs and groups to practice their speech, language and communication skills.

More guidance can be found in this Kirklees Quality First Teaching document (opens pdf in new window)

  • Everyone in school will try to make all the children feel valued and feel that they belong
  • All the staff will have good and caring relationships with the children
  • Staff listen to the children and try to understand their feelings and worries.
  • Children are taught how to solve and cope with problems, manage arguments and fallings-out and understand and manage their emotions. Teachers will use positive ways to help them with this.
  • Children learn about emotional well-being and healthy relationships in PHSCE.
  • Teachers understand that difficult behaviour might be a child’s way of showing that something is wrong and will try to find out what this is. All staff model the way that they want children to behave and will show children different ways to show their feelings.
  • Teachers will ask children to work in different groups, so that they can learn how to get on with other people

More guidance can be found in this Kirklees Quality First Teaching document (opens pdf in new window)

  • The classroom will be laid out so that it is easy for the children to get around, and to see and hear what they need to.
  • The teacher will think about the children’s needs when planning where they should sit
  • The teacher will make sure that any specialist equipment is looked after as it should be
  • The teacher will encourage the children to use or wear any equipment they need – hearing aids, glasses etc.
  • The teacher will understand that the children may get very tired and plan for this

More guidance can be found in this Kirklees Quality First Teaching document (opens pdf in new window)

Last updated: 20/10/2020