Building capacity within a school setting
To build capacity within a school environment, staff must feel confident in their ability and have a range of strategies that can be easily differentiated to ensure the practice and provision provided leads to improvements for and successful maturation of the children and young people with autism.
Issues include improving individual and whole school knowledge and training through attendance at relevant professional development courses, from approved trainers, creating the supportive classrooms and whole school environments, developing inclusive strategies to support all the children in the school, including those with autism and ensuring that everyone maintains and shares good practice.
Professional Development can be about change. It is also be about inspiring and developing effective teaching practices through understanding and motivating the needs of the individual you are working with. This may also be about making changes in what you already know and believe about in teaching and in learning about what you can do in the classroom to make a difference. For example through inspiring the development of positive relationships within and outside of school and having good classroom/behaviour management. A part of bringing about real change however is in creating a positive and supportive climate or context in which change is less difficult. This will allow for the creation of high quality learning experiences; enjoyment; high levels of student engagement and motivation which in turn will lead to the achievement of positive outcomes. (Sammons, Lindorff, Ortega and Kington 2016).
As previously stated, it is difficult to meet the needs of all children in the classroom.
Within the evolving school environment where striving to build capacity is a whole school tenet, we must be appreciative of the challenges faced.
Help the child or young person understand his or her strengths and how to work on his or her areas of difficulty.
Lots of ideas and useful strategies with ready to use information can be found in or from the Centre’s Best Practice Resource.
Inclusion is about creating a secure, accepting, collaborating and stimulating school in which everyone is valued, as the foundation for the highest achievement for all students.
The job, role or career of a teacher is not an easy one.