For Families and Carers : Education Support Packs

Primary


The Primary Education Support Pack provides information to help primary schools meet the educational needs of children with Down’s syndrome. Although the support pack has been written for mainstream primary schools (the majority of children with Down’s syndrome attend their local school), the information within the pack can help staff supporting children in specialised primary schools equally well.

The support pack contains 10 units with information about the specific learning profile associated with having Down’s syndrome, legislation and guidance, effective strategies for inclusion, developing language skills, accessing the curriculum, teaching reading, developing writing skills, learning mathematics and numeracy skills, promoting positive behaviour and social skills, successful transitions and using computers as an aid to learning.

The pack uses diagrams to illustrate models for successful inclusion, and colour pictures and photographs to demonstrate teaching methods and resources. Highlights include ‘ICT essentials’,  examples of curriculum planning, using print and pictures to support remembering and language learning, ways to help children learn about number, maths language and skills for everyday living, and a unit about supporting transitions from pre-school to infant school, from infant to junior school and from primary to secondary school. The unit for promoting positive behaviour and social skills contains guidance in easy steps to help school staff and parents devise behaviour support plans. Each step is illustrated and the unit ends with case histories that put the principles into practice.

Download the Primary Education Support Pack as individual units or as a complete pack

  • Unit 1 Introduction
  • Unit 1b : Legislation and Guidance
  • Unit 2: Effective Strategies for Inclusion
  • Unit 3: Developing Language Skills
  • Unit 4: Accessing the Curriculum
  • Unit 5: Reading
  • Unit 6: Developing Writing Skills
  • Unit 7: Acquiring Mathematics and Numeracy Skills
  • Unit 8 : Promoting Positive Behaviour and Social Skills
  • Unit 9: Successful Transitions
  • Unit 10: Computers as an aid to learning

Secondary


The Secondary Education Support Pack builds on the structure of the Primary Support Pack with the addition of many more illustrations and practical examples to represent the varied needs of young people across the curriculum in a mainstream secondary school environment. All mainstream secondary schools should be able to meet the needs of the majority of young people with Down’s syndrome. The Support Pack will help to enable schools to match the expectations of increasing numbers of young people with Down’s syndrome to continue their education in their community school and the expectations of parents for schools to have the capacity to do this.

The units describe the learning profile associated with having Down’s syndrome, legislation and guidance, strategies for inclusion, developing language skills, accessing the curriculum, teaching reading, developing writing skills, acquiring mathematics and numeracy skills, promoting positive behaviour and social skills, transition to secondary  school, 14+ transition and onto Further Education, alternative accreditation at Key Stage 4 and computers as an aid to learning, with a unit dedicated to encouraging meaningful relationships and sex and relationships education. The 14+ transition planning unit includes a guide to Person Centred Planning and explains how to prepare for student centred transition reviews.

The Secondary Education Support Pack is a comprehensive and accessible resource for secondary schools educating students with Down’s syndrome.  The information will also help staff supporting students with Down’s syndrome at special schools.

Download the  Secondary Education Support Pack as individual units or as a complete pack.

  • Unit 1 : Introduction
  • Unit 1b: Legislation and Guidance
  • Unit 2 : Effective Strategies for Inclusion
  • Unit 3 : Developing Language Skills
  • Unit 4 : Accessing the Curriculum
  • Unit 5 : Reading
  • Unit 6 : Developing Writing Skills
  • Unit 7: Acquiring Mathematics and Numeracy Skills
  • Unit 8 : Promoting Positive Behaviour and Social Skills
  • Unit 9 : Transition to Secondary School
  • Unit 9b: 14+ Transition and onto Further Education
  • Unit 10 : Alternative Accreditation at Key Stage 4
  • Unit 11 : Computers as an aid to learning
  • Unit 12 : Relationships

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