To begin to construct a biographical understanding of a pupil

Aim

To begin to construct a biographical understanding of a pupil.

Evidence and reflection

Take an interest in a pupil’s general behaviour inside and outside the classroom. Consider how they interact with other pupils and how they tackle learning tasks.

Present open-ended opportunities where the child can write, draw, talk or otherwise communicate about herself or himself. Discussions about friends, experiences, family or about favourite books or TV characters can be revealing. Make notes.

If possible, discuss the pupil with parents and other teachers.

Discuss the pupil’s own perception of their individual needs with them.

Summarise what you have learned.

Follow-up

Consider what implications your new understanding has for shaping the educational provision that is appropriate for the young person concerned.