Barriers to Learning

Assignment 1

Barriers to Learning

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Within this assignment I will be discussing a range of factors that inhibit pupils’ ability to learn and how teachers are able to overcome these. There are many different barriers to learning that children may face at home or in the educational setting. Some may be health related; however other barriers may be in the student’s environment. Some barriers include gender, language, physical disabilities, learning disabilities, poverty and cultural background. With support from parents, the community, a focused curriculum and teacher awareness the barriers can be elucidated. Ofsted highlight six identifiable groups that provision must be made for, SEN, Able Gifted and Talented, English as an Additional Language (EAL), Traveller Children, Looked after Children and Young Carers (Hawkins, Florian and Rouse, 2007).

It is recognised that the main aim of education in any democratic society is to provide the learners with quality education so that they are able to fulfil and possibly go beyond their full potential whilst contributing to society all through their lives. To be able to achieve this, the education system needs to create equal opportunities for all learners. Hawkins et al (2007) explain this notion through an inclusive curriculum.

‘Children are not all made from the same mould,’ (Barbarin and Wasik, 2009), therefore understanding individual differences is essential. Children come from all different backgrounds and cultures, and will range in ability.


Educational inclusion is about providing opportunities for all students, whatever their gender, age, ethnicity background and attainment. An inclusive school is one that takes account of every students needs whether that is teaching and learning or their well-being....