Helpful Technology in the Secondary Classroom 

At Annual Reviews in schools, parents and carers may wish to recommend helpful technology that they have found to be successful at home.

SEN teachers will focus on your child’s special educational needs during the Annual Review by answering the question ‘How best to support me?’

Through teamwork parents and professionals will find the best ways for children with hydrocephalus to perform in schools using assistive technology when it is appropriate.

Schools should follow the SEND Code of Practice to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ by providing ‘an equivalent method’ so your child can learn in the classroom.

Helpful Technology

  • Dictaphone as an ‘evidence store’
  • Apps to help with organisation and reminders
  • Social stories on apps to embed routines
  • Visual timetables to aid memory
  • Talking photo albums with drop-in photos and paint tools to create order
  • Talking mats as prompts
  • Pen readers to speed up the reading process
  • Apps to help with inaccurate touch on keyboards or screens
  • Keyboards with word and phrase prediction to ease communication
  • Change from qwerty to ABC keyboard
  • Word and phrase banks for completing written work

Additional Access Arrangements for examinations and assessments

Schools can apply for Access Arrangements and Special Consideration for children and young people with SEND during examinations and assessments.

By asking the questions ‘How do you know it?’ and ‘How can you show it?’ teachers can find the most effective ways of assessing a child’s understanding of a topic or task.

Follow the link for the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ) regulations booklet, outlining Additional Access Arrangements.

Drive for Literacy has an Access Arrangements Guide for parents to download and there is also some advice about computer readers for the classroom and examination reading pens for tests.

Useful Resources

Apps for learners

Information about iPad and tablet apps for learners with dyslexia or reading and writing difficulties are available by following the link to Call Scotland.

Other resources recommended by teachers

Further Advice

For any further advice or if you have any concerns about your child's development please do contact your school nurse, or contact Shine’s health team on 01733 555988 or click here to email us.

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