4.3.1 Disabled, Disadvantaged and Special Educational Needs (SEN) learners

Welcome to chapter 3 of the 'Inclusion' module. This chapter will go into much more depth about the kinds of learners who are most commonly associated with the notion of inclusion: disadvantaged learners, disabled learners and SEN learners. We will explore both the overlap and the differences between these types of learners, and we will consider the best ways in which educational practitioners can support all types of needs within these categories.

Goals for this section

  • To understand the key factors affecting disadvantaged, disabled and SEN learners and to understand how to work with and around these in teaching practice.

Objectives for this section

  • To be able to explain the key terms 'disadvantaged', 'disabled' and 'SEN'.
  • To be able to identify key similarities and differences between these kinds of learners, and to understand common issues which may occur and consider appropriate strategies to overcome these.
  • To understand and be able to critically discuss these concepts and demonstrate an awareness of ways in which teachers can support different types of learning need within the same classroom.

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