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National priorities

Welcome to the School of Education’s national priorities area for student teachers.

This area provides you with practical resources and information to support the development of your expertise in the key priority areas identified by the Government. These are:

Managing behaviour and discipline

Starting points

DfE - Doing the Basics Charlie Taylor’s Behaviour Checklist: Charlie Taylor, the Government’s behaviour expert, advises schools on simple techniques to promote excellent behaviour and discipline in the classroom.

Teachers Media Behaviour Management Videos from Teachers TV Archive: These videos provide a wide range of advice and inspiration for encouraging positive behaviour.

Developing expertise

Behaviour2Learn: This excellent website provides practical resources to support the development of positive behaviour in classrooms and schools.

DfE - Ensuring Good Behaviour in Schools: Advice for headteachers, governing bodies, teachers, parents and pupils on good behaviour in schools.

Stonewall - Initial Teacher Training: This guide is designed to help all trainee teachers access information on how to prevent and tackle homophobic bullying.

Additional resources

All Party Parliamentary Group on Body Image: report about the effects of negative body image on boys and girls and the links to bullying in schools.

Department for Education (DfE) School Behaviour Advice and Guidance Section:This section contains advice and guidance for governing bodies, headteachers, school staff and parents, on behaviour and discipline in schools.

Ofsted - No Place for Bullying: this report from June 2012: this focuses on how schools can create a positive culture to prevent and tackle bullying.

Stonewall the School Report: report of the findings of their research into homophobic bullying in schools.

Teachers Media: resources to help trainees develop in the classroom.

English as an additional language (EAL)

Starting points

NALDIC – The Distinctiveness of EAL Pedagogy: This page summarises principles that underpin good practice for pupils learning EAL.

Teachers Media - EAL Videos from Teachers TV Archive: These videos provide support for supporting the progress and inclusion of pupils at different phases and in different subject areas.

Developing expertise

Aiming High: Meeting the Needs of Newly Arrived Learners of English as an Additional Language:  Materials developed for schools and teachers of newly arrived EAL learners.

DfE - EAL Resources: Regarding the Department’s strategy for supporting pupils with English as an additional language (EAL), including case studies and useful publications.

NALDIC -  EAL Guidance Resources Library: EAL guidance to help with the teaching of EAL and bilingual learners from the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum.

Additional resources

DfE English as an Additional Language Guidance Section: In this section you can find resources regarding the Department’s strategy for English as an additional language including case studies, information on key EAL initiatives and useful publications. 

National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum (NALDIC): Home page of the national subject association for EAL.  Provides links, resources and training for all practitioners working with EAL learners.

NALDIC - What does Ofsted define as Good Practice In EAL: Advice on how Ofsted are assessing good practice in EAL teaching under the new inspection regime introduced in September 2012.

QCA – A language in common: Assessing English as an Additional Language QCA document providing advice on assessing progress and attainment in English as an Additional Language.

Special educational needs and /or  disability (SEND)

Starting  Points

DfE – SEND Training Resources:  This link provides access to a range of resources to enhance knowledge of SEN and disability, including user guides and film clips.

Teachers Media - SEND Videos from Teachers TV Archive:  These videos provide practice advice and ideas to respond to the strengths and needs of all pupils.

Developing expertise

DfE - Advanced Training Materials: E-learning study units designed for those with a secure basic understanding of SEND to further develop their understanding of:

DfE - Training for Teaching SEND Students: Information on materials to support the continuing professional development of the teachers of children and young people with severe, profound and complex learning difficulties and disabilities.

Additional resources

Further information can be found in the following links below:

Department for Education (DfE) Special Educational Needs Section: This section provides a wide range of information, advice and materials for teachers, parents and others caring for or working with disabled children and young people or those with SEN in England.

Dyslang: The aim of Dyslang is to support the multilingual dyslexic individual in learning an additional curriculum language. The site also provides useful information about dyslexia and bilingualism.

Gov.uk guide for children with Special Educational Needs: Overview of entitlements due for pupils with SEND.

National Association for Special Educational Needs (NASEN): Homepage of Nasen the leading organisation in the UK promoting the education, training, advancement and development of all those with special and additional support needs.

Parliament website section on SEND: Provides links on the parliamentary business related to SEND.