Improving Literacy - A Whole School Approach to Special Education Teaching

Improving Literacy: A whole School Approach to Special Education Teaching

This course will explore how a whole school approach to literacy learning for pupils with SEN can support literacy for all learners. It will look at different models of support such as team teaching and how it can be used as an effective support model to meet the literacy needs of students in the mainstream classroom. Content will include an exploration of inclusion and identifying student priority learning needs in the context of the 2017 Guidelines for Primary Schools Supporting Pupils with SEN and The SEN Continuum of Support,

During the week Teachers will explore:

  • Speech & Language Pathology, Teachers will examine normal vs abnormal speech and language development. They will explore the appropriateness of and reasons for referrals and how to refer a student.
  • Teachers will reflect on ideas for working in the classroom with pupils who present with speech and language difficulties and how this might be reflected in a whole school approach
  • To develop an understanding of what constitutes Dyslexia.
  • To develop a knowledge of the different causal factors that give rise to struggling readers and of the different subtypes of dyslexia.
  • To develop an understanding of the importance of early identification, diagnostic testing and intervention.
  • Appreciation of the significance of language/phonics/phonological awareness/sight vocabulary/spelling/comprehension/handwriting/motivation in the development of reading skills.
  • To develop an understanding of how the processing difficulties underlying dyslexia can also impact on performance in maths.
  • Exploring how literacy difficulties can impact on the social and emotional experience of the child in school with particular emphasis on self-esteem
  • Exploring various inclusive practices whilst reflecting on implications for teachers and schools and introducing the SEN Guidelines for Primary Schools (2017) with a focus on the six guiding principles for implementation and the Looking at Our Schools 2016 Quality Framework
  • Exploring videos to demonstrate the models of co-teaching (station teaching, parallel teaching, alternative teaching, teaming teaching, lead and support teaching)
  • To support teachers to have a shared understanding of effective oral language instruction, the components of oral language and how to empower pupils to become competent and confident communicators
  • Exploring various inclusive practices whilst reflecting on implications for teachers and schools and introducing the SEN Guidelines for Primary Schools (2017) with a focus on the six guiding principles for implementation and the Looking at Our Schools 2016 Quality Framework
  • Exploring videos to demonstrate the models of co-teaching (station teaching, parallel teaching, alternative teaching, teaming teaching, lead and support teaching)
  • To support teachers to have a shared understanding of effective oral language instruction, the components of oral language and how to empower pupils to become competent and confident communicators
  • Discuss various Literacy apps, their benefits, uses and limitations.
  • Assess free writing samples of various genre to identify priority learning needs in writing (AFL) linked with spelling analysis and word study.
  • Writing Genre to writing process. Gradual Release of Responsibility moving towards more guided/independent practice

Course Properties

Course date 01-07-2019 9:30 am
End Date 05-07-2019 2:00 pm
Cut off date 17-06-2019 9:00 am
Fee €40.00
Speaker Máire Love St. Angela's College, Mary Rooney NEPS, Tina Usborne Speech & Language Therapist, Stephanie Kelly PDST
Select Hours 20
Location Sligo Education Centre
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