1st Edition

Understanding and Supporting Pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties in the Secondary School
A practical guide

ISBN 9781138019102
Published July 13, 2015 by Routledge
152 Pages

USD $46.95

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Book Description

Are you working with students who have Moderate Learning Difficulties?

Do you want to know how best to help them?

Are you confused about what helps and what hinders?

Learners with MLD form one of the largest categories of special educational need in mainstream secondary schools. In most schools, the vast majority of learners with MLD will be taught in mainstream classes much of the time. This book outlines a range of strategies and approaches for supporting these learners. It includes all the vital information practitioners need to know about Moderate Learning Difficulties. Key points covered include:

  • Definitions and identification of moderate learning difficulties
  • Teaching strategies and approaches
  • Developing key conceptual, literacy and social skills
  • Effective support from TAs
  • Theoretical perspectives on learning

Understanding and Supporting Pupils with Moderate Learning Difficulties in the Secondary School  provides an introduction to a wide range of ideas, arguments and perspectives about ways of understanding and supporting learners who are considered to have MLD. This is a much-needed source of knowledge for teachers, TAs, SENCos, Learning Mentors and anyone who supports children and young people with moderate learning difficulties and provides an honest and accessible approach.

Table of Contents

      1. What is MLD and why does it matter?  2. What do the learners think – and why should we listen?  3. Wouldn’t it be better if they had some more time in Learning Support?  4. How do we learn?  5. What do learners bring to the table and how can we plug the gaps?  6. What do teachers need to do to personalise and differentiate their learning environment?  7. What Next?" - Next Steps, Summary and Conclusions  


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Rachael Hayes is an educational psychologist with experience of working in primary and secondary schools and PRUs.

Pippa Whittaker is a SENCO who has worked in four secondary schools to date. She is currently Curriculum Leader for Inclusion in a large and diverse inner-city academy.