Forms to support learners with disabilities

Continuing her series, Emma McKinney discusses the forms that teachers need to complete to access support for learners In this section of the series, we focus on providing teachers with an understanding of the second stage of the screening, identification, assessment and support (SIAS) policy. This stage includes assessments and […]

Accessing support for those who need it most

Continuing her series on integrating children with disabilities into inclusive classrooms in mainstream schools, Emma McKinney explains what a learner profile is and how teachers should complete this from to access support for learners who need it most The last article focussed on the Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support (SIAS) […]

Support needs: initial screening

There are several steps involved in assessing the additional support needs of all learners, and especially those with disabilities. Emma McKinney takes a closer look In 2014 the South African Department of Basic Education published the Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support policy framework, which standardises the procedures to identify, assess...

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What is SIAS?

The sixth article on integrating children with disabilities into inclusive classrooms focuses on the Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support policy The Screening, Identification, Assessment and Support (SIAS) policy applied in South Africa standardises the procedures of identifying, assessing and providing programmes for all learners who require additional support to enhance...

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Practical tips to include all

The fifth article in our series on integrating children with disabilities into inclusive classrooms in mainstream schools provides teachers with tips for including all learners in their lesson plans While physical access is important, it is just as important for teachers to ensure that what and how they teach is...

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The inclusive school

These practical tips will help teachers integrate children with disabilities into the classroom – and the school as a whole – to create an inclusive learning environment When we think of integrating a learner with a physical disability, most of us think about providing wheelchair ramps and ensuring there are...

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Easing the transition

The second article in our series on integrating children with disabilities into inclusive classrooms in mainstream schools focuses on the importance of a meeting between learner, parents and teacher. We know teachers aren’t always trained or experienced in accommodating learners with disabilities in their classrooms. In addition, all children with […]