City & Guilds launches Specific Learning Difficulties tool for trainers

by Oct 10, 2022Awareness Raising, City & Guilds initiatives, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, News, Resources

This guest post is by Jordan Stevenson, the Diversity and Inclusion Product Lead at City & Guilds

City & Guilds, in partnership with the Education Training Foundation: SEND excellence gateway, are launching a series of tools to support inclusive learning.

This project was run as part of our Inclusive Curriculum Framework work at City & Guilds, to equip our trainers to confidently support students with disabilities. Being able to effectively support learners with disabilities in the classroom is an essential part of any teacher’s job. Recent figures from the government shows just under 1.5 million pupils in England have special educational needs. An increase of 77,000 from 2021.

Research suggests that the behaviour and practice of the classroom teacher, such as inclusive classroom preparation and attention to individual needs, has the greatest impact on the academic and social outcomes (Efthymiou & Kington, 2017). Warnes et al., (2021) found that teachers are concerned they are not being effective enough to support students with disabilities in the classroom. In response to these findings, over the next 12 months we will be releasing 7 tools to support trainers.

The tools will all include top tips for creating and inclusive environment and supporting individual needs. Our aim is to help increase trainers’ confidence in implementing effective teaching strategies and approaches for pupils, to remove barriers to attainment and educational success.

See our first tool now covering Specific Learning Difficulties: Dyslexia, Dyscalculia, Dyspraxia and Visual Stress

Future tools in plan to be launched are:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • ADHD
  • Medical and Physical Disabilities
  • Sensory Impairments
  • Moderate Learning Difficulties
  • Mental Health

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