Supporting students with learning difficulties

Students may experience difficulties in literacy and numeracy for a variety of reasons. These difficulties may vary in nature, intensity and duration. Effective planning and programming therefore requires a response to individual characteristics and learner histories. Evidence demonstrates that individualised planning combined with a carefully structured and explicit teaching approach provides the most effective support for students with learning difficulties. This is especially true in the early stages of learning and when learning new skills. For these students their learning needs can be further supported by collaborative engagement with their parents/carers.

By using the teaching strategies in this section and other strategies in the resource which teach skills and strategies explicitly, teachers can provide students with effective instructional support to develop their skills and achieve syllabus outcomes.

For strategies for dealing with students who experience difficulties in learning, sensory impairment, low vision, hearing and physical disability, please consult the Disability and learning support site.

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