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NQT Special Edition: Supporting SEN pupils

Supporting SEN in the mainstream classroom is a key duty for all teachers, but one that can feel like a huge challenge for NQTs. Expert Michael Surr offers his advice and reassurance

With the Department for Education’s (DfE’s) latest statistics finding that more than 1.2 million pupils in the UK have SEN, NQTs need to be prepared to not only teach these pupils, but support them too. However, as an NQT, you have lots of brand new learning that is there to be shared, and you can – and will – have a hugely positive impact on the children you are teaching, including those with SEN.

Behaviour can often be a significant issue or concern for NQTs. Challenging behaviour could be a symptom of an underlying cause such as learning difficulty or social/emotional issue, so ensure you consider these possible reasons when developing your approach to behaviour management.

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