1. Explain What Is Meant by the Term ‘Special Educational Needs’

Special educational needs (also known as SEN) is a term used when a child has difficulties or a disability that makes it hard for them to learn. This means the child may need extra support and additional help. There is a huge majority of children that have a special educational need at least once in their childhood. We tend to think SEN applies to children with a visible disability when in fact it applies to many children whether it be obvious or not. With some disabilities it is clear to see what sort of SEN that child needs, for example: help with speech, writing, sign, mobility and support in social situations.
Other examples of children who have special educational needs are children who-
Are suffering from serious illnesses.
Have learning difficulties.
Have a disability.
Have mental and general health problems.
Have physical needs- Hearing, Visual or mobility.
Have problems with communication.
Have emotional and behavioural difficulties.

It is important to remember all children are different as are their personalities and experiences and this is what makes a child not an illness, disability or special educational need.

2.   Discuss how you could support pupils with special educational needs.

Firstly I need to make sure I understand and know all the policies the school has in place that are relevant to how I support children with special educational needs.
I would work closely with my teacher so we can discuss and make a plan for me to make sure I meet the needs of pupils in the class. I would support the pupil in the class room and help with their school work making sure they fully understand the instructions the teacher has given. Whilst working with the teacher I could set up activities and prepare learning materials ready for the following lessons.
If a pupil was overwhelmed or upset I would comfort the pupil and create a warm and caring atmosphere for them. I would stay patient and encourage communication from the pupil. One...