SEN Guidelines 

The Department of Ed and Science have issued guidelines for teachers in these very different times and they are very useful and practical - providing clear pointers as to how teachers of pupils with SEN can support the home environment and liaise with mainstream teacher to ensure parents receive as much support as possible - you can download the document here

Guidelines

Website Suggestions for Home Learning -  suitable for SEN pupils 

  • SENteacher.org - this must be the go-to website for preparation of activities to be completed as part of any home learning plan, literacy and numeracy - create pdfs and assign. 

  • Teach Your Monster to Read - brilliant set of simple engaging games for phonics and more...

  • Twinkl - Huge SEN section - free until end of crisis - link here is directly to the SEN section.

  • Kleki -  a super introduction to paint tools - suitable for all ages but especially younger pupils

  • Storyberries - Great resource to stimulate reading - many 5 minute stories - great for break.

  • Oxford Owl - Updated for home learning. Can access from home. OWT books and much more...

  • Toy Theater - amazing website with loads of fun games to reinforce every aspect of literacy and numeracy, teacher tools and much more.  Simple PowerPoint here to show some of the useful SEN games - 

  • Epic! - Super website and app with tons of colourful books available free for schools (individuals must pay). At the moment, until end of June 2020 teachers can invite their pupils to participate, so free until then for all home learning. Recommended by many teachers. Details of this offer available here pointing out how easy it is for teachers to invite their pupils to avail of site free.

  • Khan Academy - always available free - very useful but learning curve to getting started successfully.

  • Reading Eggs - also recommended by teachers, however this only has a two-week free trial.

  • Glencoe Manipulatives - incredible website, some very parent friendly sections, very visual, must allow Flash for this to work. 

  • NCSE Website - mentioned by several SEN teachers as being especially helpful in the present circumstances The link provided here brings you straight to the primary teacher resources.

  • Urability - another suggestion from teachers. Advice includes dyslexia and dyspraxia.

  • Maths-Aids - a super website for all sorts of customised Maths activities - creating worksheets for every primary school level - a little difficult to find your way around and many ads pop up - otherwise a great website. 

  • The Teacher's Corner - similar to Maths-Aids, tricky to get started but worth it in the end. Makes worksheets also.

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Toy Theater

Some Other Suggestions

Just as important​ as the websites above are the extensions to Google that will allow any pupil with SEN gain a level of independence when working at home or at school. These extensions, as the name suggests, extend the usefulness of Google Chrome (only) by allowing the user to:

1. Click on any word on any website and the meaning will appear (Google Dictionary) - red icon will be installed on the top right bar of Google Chrome

2. Select any ordinary text on any website (that is not a link to another page or site) and it will read it for them (Talkie).

3. Will change the font on any webpage to make it more dyslexic friendly (Open Dyslexic font)

When installed you should see small green, red and black logos on the right of the address bar on Google Chrome.

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The logos highlighted on the left in blue above are the logos you will see on the top right of Google Chrome.

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1. Creating a Customised Literacy Resource using SENteacher.org. This is the first in a series of videos - now on YouTube to allow any SEN teacher the opportunity to customise a literacy resource already created. 

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2. Creating a Customised Numeracy  Resource using SENteacher.org. This video was designed with Seesaw uploading in mind, hence when you click on the activity, it jumps over the introduction and starts at the SENteacher - Numeracy section.

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3. FOR PARENTS - if you wish to send the completed worksheet assignment, with answers written in by your son/daughter, using a laptop for this purpose then this video might assist you. Two apps, which are probably already on  your computer, Camera and Photos, are used in this capture. The activity on this video was created using  The Teacher's Corner website. 

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4. FOR PARENTS -  An opportunity to record the work of your son/daughter as completed ON SCREEN (not written on a worksheet). How to capture their responses using the SNIP tool that is freely available to every computer user now and save the resultant file as an image which then can be emailed to the teacher. The activity on this video was created using Toy Theater

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5. Using the SNIP tool  -  A short simple video showing how to use the SNIP tool, which is available to everyone with a Windows operating system. I hope you find it useful

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6. The purpose of this video is to help you navigate to create basic maths worksheets - not that easy to find in The Teachers Corner website but they are there so this should help you solve that one. 

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7. This video has been added to show how to add extensions to Google Chrome such as th Open Dyslexic font, Talkie and Google Dictionary and the advantages for having them available when working with pupils with SEN from the senior level of primary school and upwards - right through secondary school. 

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