Approaches to Teaching and Learning
How will teaching be adapted to meet the needs of my child?
All teachers adapt their teaching for every child – we aim to give each child the most personalised learning experience possible. As such:
- Class teachers plan lessons according to the specific needs of all groups of children in their class, and will ensure that your child’s needs are met.
- Specially trained support staff can adapt the teachers planning to support the needs of your child where necessary.
- Specific resources and strategies are used to support your child individually and in groups.
- Planning and teaching is adapted on a daily basis, based on your child’s responses to the previous teaching and what needs to happen next.
How will I know how my child is doing?
You are always well informed about your child’s progress in learning and development, and you have regular opportunities to discuss him or her with those who know them best! For example,
- Class teachers meet and greet all children every morning at the classroom door.
- Every term there is a parent-teacher meeting where you get the opportunity to speak to your child’s class teacher on an individual basis about your child’s progress.
- At the end of each year, you receive a written report of your child’s achievements and their suggested next steps for learning.
- There is a programme of parent workshops and briefings across the year where you can come in and learn more about children’s learning and progress in core subjects such as literacy and numeracy.
- You are most welcome to make an appointment at any time in the school year to discuss your child’s progress and any concerns you may have.
- If there are significant concerns about your child – e.g. a sudden deterioration in their progress or emotional well-being – we do not wait until the end of term to discuss this with you. We meet with you to find out how he or she is at home, whether there have been any changes in family life, what we can do to help and so on.
What skills do staff members have to meet the needs of my child?
Lawn is deeply committed to ensuring that your child is educated by high quality, professional staff members who have the key skills and abilities to meet their needs. For example,
- All class teachers are qualified teachers who are well supported by specialist staff in working with your child. They work with the teacher in planning for children with SEND and provide in house training where needed.
- The school also has a school development plan that addresses the identified training needs for all staff to improve the teaching and learning of children including those with SEND.
- This may include whole school training on SEND issues or to support identified groups of learners in school, such as attention difficulties, dyslexia and so on. We are keen to provide whole staff training to disseminate knowledge, strategies and experience to ensure consistency of the school’s approach for children with SEND.
- Teachers and support staff also attend training courses run by outside agencies that are relevant to the needs of specific children in their class.
- This training takes place on a regular basis. If you would like to hear about the training which is currently taking place or has taken place by the staff members in the school, please speak to the Headteacher or the SENDCo.