Date
21 April 2019

Assessment and monitoring using a team approach

Suggestion for implementing the strategy ‘Identify needs and how to provide support’

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Establish a team

Establish a team

Take a team approach to providing responsive support.

  • Be guided by the student and their whānau.
  • Involve your learning support coordinator or RTLB.
  • Identify and connect with colleagues who have experience teaching students with Down syndrome.
  • Consider connecting to external expertise or agencies.

Take an inquiry approach

Take an inquiry approach

Develop a responsive evidenced-based process of working together that supports students' self advocacy.

  • Support the student and whānau to lead and guide the conversation.
  • Share together concerns, questions, and ideas.
  • Consider any barriers to learning and possible solutions.
  • Identify how solutions will be implemented and refined.
  • Discuss how to assess learning in ways that work for the student.
  • Agree on how to stay in touch and share information.

Utilise collaborative tools

Utilise collaborative tools

John Robinson reflects on the value of using the SMS to share information about students between staff and e-portfolios to share information with parents.

Gather useful data

Gather useful data

Build a full picture of your student's strengths, needs and preferences, such as:

  • sensitivities and preferences
  • ways they learn successfully
  • language and communication skills
  • gross and fine motor skills
  • literacy skills
  • numeracy skills
  • ability to act independently
  • social skills and ability to form relationships.

Build on student strengths

Build on student strengths

Brooke Houghton describes the value of taking a strengths-based approach.

Useful resources

Useful resources

Website

10 things teachers should know about Down syndrome

Read time: 4 min

Publisher: Gillian Marchenko

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Website

Including pupils with Down syndrome – Primary

Read time: 47 min

Publisher: Down's Syndrome Association

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Website

Ongoing Resourcing Scheme (ORS)

Publisher: Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

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Next steps

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