Early identification and support of learning difficulties is considered the key to progress and success. There are many strategies that can be implemented at whole class level. These have benefits, including fostering early independence for all, enabling the most confident pupils to be stretched, and helping to close any gaps in school readiness. A significant advantage from a learning support perspective is the improved generalisation of key skills delivered through whole class, small group and individual activities.

This collection of posts covers early academic development, information on identification of possible learning differences, support ideas and referral recommendations. As always, and particularly at this early stage, communication between parents and schools is vital. I strongly believe that parent-school partnership combined with good working relationships between parents, teachers and external professionals can make all the difference to a child or young person’s school and life experiences.

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