Best Practice

Belonging: How to create a warm and inclusive classroom

Supporting vulnerable learners in the classroom involves creating a warm and inclusive environment, building meaningful relationships, and being present in the moment. Jessica Richards offers some tips
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Teachers play a crucial role in shaping not only the academic journey of their students but also their emotional wellbeing. Among our students there are those who are considered more vulnerable – those who face various challenges that affect their ability to learn effectively and their wellbeing.

Creating an inclusive classroom environment involves best practices that cater to the diverse needs of our vulnerable learners, as well as the needs of our wider student body.

Inclusive classrooms extend beyond merely supporting academic instruction for students with SEN. Instead, they offer advantages to everyone – students, teachers, school leaders and parents/carers.

In inclusive school environments, we see reduced absenteeism and disciplinary problems as students feel valued and included and respond with increased engagement in the learning process.

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