The Inclusion Development Programme (IDP).

The National Strategies are professional development programmes for early

years, primary and secondary school teachers, practitioners and managers.
They are one of the Government’s principal vehicles for improving the quality
of learning and teaching in schools and early years settings and for raising
standards of attainment.

The National Strategies are responsible for taking forward the commitment
made in Removing Barriers to Achievement (2004), the government’s vision for
the education of children with special education needs and disabilities. The
National Strategies are designed to increase the confidence and expertise of
mainstream practitioners when meeting pupils with SEN in mainstream schools.
One such strategy is the Inclusion Development Programme (IDP). The aim of
the IDP is to support schools and Early Years settings through web-based
materials, which include:
 
teaching and learning resources
training materials
guidance on effective classroom strategies
models of good practice for multidisciplinary teams
information about sources of more specialist advice.
 
In 2008, the Inclusion Development Programme focused on dyslexia and
speech, language and communication needs (SLCN). In 2009, the focus has
been on supporting pupils on the autism spectrum, with MLD and BESD
(behaviour, social and emotional difficulties) planned as future foci.

 Dyslexia was selected as the first of the programmes to be launched because
of the high numbers of dyslexic pupils in our schools. A DVD containing
materials on both dyslexia and SLCN (speech, language and communication
needs) was sent to all schools in 2008. This was met with great enthusiasm –
closely followed by anxiety when using it, as teachers discovered both the
vast amount of material available to them within the DVD, alongside the
difficulty in navigating the materials. Many a person, including myself, has
found a really useful section, only to be faced with the frustration of not being able to find it
again! The materials are also available online
and modifications have been made to this to
make navigation a little easier. You can find the
dyslexia materials by going to
nationalstrategies.standards.dcsf.gov.uk/node/116691 and then clicking on
‘dyslexia…’ in the third paragraph.

It should be emphasised that the materials are produced primarily for
classroom and subject teachers, not for a specialist audience. As such they
focus on developing recognition of the range of difficulties a dyslexic pupil
might experience at school, on understanding the problems these difficulties
may cause a pupil at school and then on raising awareness of ways to help
remove barriers to learning through use of the most effective teaching
strategies within a classroom (i.e. Wave 1 intervention, or Quality First
Teaching). They are not intended primarily to support teachers working with
individual or small groups in order to improve their literacy skills (i.e. Wave 2
or 3 intervention) although there are some useful and interesting snippets
even for those already very conversant with the area.

 
All schools in Hampshire are being very strongly encouraged to use the
materials within their schools. There have been a number of conferences with
head teachers where they have been encouraged to plan how the materials
should be introduced within their own schools and many clusters of schools
have worked together to trial the materials and then to produce guidelines on
how best to use them.

 
So why not find a slot in your busy lives and begin to explore the wealth of
information pages, video clips, background resources, self-evaluation
materials … you may be gone some time………..!!

Pauline Bentote SEN Consultant.