Inclusive Practice

Building a Pupil Profile

In line with the SEND Code of Practice Yes@ Areté Learning Trust seeks to support schools in developing a clear understanding of each student's stengths and needs - to work out what action the school or setting needs to take, not to fit a pupil in a category. 

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Speaking to pupils about their strengths and difficulties is a good way to start building up an understanding of a pupil's profile. At Yes@ Areté Learning Trust we can offer advice and training on effective ways to elicit appropriate pupil feedback.



If a pupil is finding learning difficult we recommend that an analysis and assessment of learning environments and teaching strategies should run alongside any child focused assessments.

'If a child does not learn in the way in which we teach, then we must teach him in the way in which he learns.' (Dr. Harry Chasty International Consultant in Learning Difficulties)

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Funded by the DfE the ‘Neurodiversity Training’ provides tools to help identify and build pupil profiles and an overview of a pupil’s strengths and difficulties.

Salveson Mindroom Reasearch Centre: Read about Neurodiversity

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Access Arrangements are adjustments for students based on evidence of need and normal way of working.

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Executive Function is broadly understood as an individual's mental capacity for planning, organisation, efficient decision making and action. Most definitions of Executive Function include planning, working memory, attention and inhibition within them.

1. Attention

Children with attention difficulties are easily distracted by other stimuli. Carroll et al (2017) explain that there are two key elements; selective attention which is the ability to focus on relevant information , and suistained attention, which is the ability to concentrate over time.

2. Short Term Memory

The ability to hold information for short periods of time.

3. Working Memory

The ability to process or manage information.

4. Planning

The ability to sequence activities in order to complete a task.

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Good mental health is characterised by a person’s ability to fulfil a number of key functions and activities, including:

  • the ability to learn
  • the ability to feel, express and manage a range of positive and negative emotions
  • the ability to form and maintain good relationships with others
  • the ability to cope with and manage change and uncertainty.

The Mental Health Foundation highlight the importance of:

  • Talking about your feelings
  • Regular exercise
  • A good diet
  • Keeping in touch with friends
  • Asking for help
  • Taking a break
  • Do something you are good at
  • Accept who you are
  • Care for others

Arete Learning Trust is deeply committed to supporting the students' emotional wellbeing and positive mental health. Experiencing positive mental health and wellbeing means that students are able to make the most of their time at school, allowing them to be the best that they can be.

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