Reflective Questions

Reducing barriers to learning.

These questions included under the headings of the ‘Wellbeing Pathway’, provide an opportunity to reflect on the provision provided for children and young people.

  • What information has been used to provide an holistic view of the pupil’s needs? (Academic attainment, teacher assessment, observations, friendships, other agencies, parents/carers, pupil voice, family situation, medical history, etc.)
  • Has there been a personalised approach to find out what the pupil needs?
  • Is it suitable to use an evidence based tool to assess the pupil’s needs? (e.g. Boxall Profile, PASS survey, Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire)
  • Think about what has been achieved? Focus even on the little things. Every success is positive. Use activities, work, friendships, kindness, attendance, hobbies as examples. Collect visual evidence to share.
  • Congratulate yourself and colleagues for the provision and reflect on the positives before you decide what to do next.
  • How has the school identified that this pupil needs extra support/interventions? (e.g. observation, disclosure, behaviour, grades, attendance, family situation, etc.).
  • Have you spoken to the pupil/parent/carer to find out their views?
  • Have you spoken to other services or agencies? (e.g. Social Care, MAT, Virtual School, Educational Psychologist, Behaviour Support, SSSEN, Nurture, etc.) Does a referral need to be made
  • Does the school require training to meet the needs of the pupil? (e.g. e-learning or external provider/cpd.)

  • How does the school environment and ethos support the pupil’s emotional wellbeing and mental health?
  • What day to day systems are in place for this pupil?
  • What universal services/interventions has this pupil been accessing?
  • What are you trying to achieve? What are your goals? Have they been set with the pupil/parent/carer? Are they realistic?
  • Who is delivering the intervention/support? Are they trained/the right person? Do they feel confident/ equipped? Have you set a review date?
  • How are some of the principles/strategies transferred consistently to the learning environment? How do you know?
  • Have the goals set been achieved? How do you know? (e.g. revisit the assessment tool).
  • What is/are the pupil’s/parent/carer’s view/ views of the provision provided?
  • What was effective, what could be improved?
  • What are the pupil’s needs now?
  • What are the next steps? (Referral to more specialist services e.g. CAMHS, Educational Psychologist, First Steps, Derbyshire Friend, application for GRIP, Staff training/CPD)