Reducing barriers to learning.

Originally developed for use in a psychotherapy setting, it has been widely applied in health and disability services. It is now a key principle and technique when reviewing provision for children with special educational needs and disabilities, introduced by the government as part of the SEND reforms and the new Code of Practice. Available here.

Person-centred thinking tools

There are a range of practical person-centred thinking tools that can provide the foundation of person-centred planning. Available here.

Relationship circle

This tool is a visual summary of who is important in the pupil’s life. It is a way to understand the number, spread and depth of relationships that the pupil has, and to then think about how to strengthen existing relationships and develop new ones. The information about who is important can then be added to the pupil’s one-page profile. Pupils can use photos or draw the people in their life. It can be represented as circles or as a map. Available here.

Relationship circle

One-page profile

Originally developed by Helen Sanderson Associates, a One Page Profile is a profile of a person which is positively focused on his or her core qualities. There are three key sections to a One Page Profile:

  1. What other people like and admire about the person.
  2. What makes the person REALLY happy and is most important to them.
  3. How the person likes to be supported.

Visit this page for an example.

Good day/bad day

This involves gathering information about what makes a good day and what makes a bad day for each pupil. Then, by asking specific questions, we can use this information to begin to understand what is important to a pupil and learn how best to support them in school.

For more information and ideas visit this site.