Whether you’re an NQT or an experienced teacher doing resource for the first time can be quite daunting. Unfortunately there isn’t a huge amount of time spend on working with children with additional needs in teacher training college. We had a lecture (which you could opt into – it was not compulsory) once a week for a year (I think) – while the lectures were interesting they did little to prepare us for a role as a resource teacher.
What is a resource teacher?
A resource teacher is a teacher who works with children who have additional education needs. These children must have a psychological report and a diagnosis which entitles them to a certain amount of hours for additional support.
A resource teacher may work in the classroom with the child or withdraw the child to work in a 1:1 setting or in small groups with other children with resource hours.
Who can avail of resource teaching?
Any child with a psychological report and diagnosis can avail of resource teaching in their school. (Children with dyslexia usually receive support from the learning support teacher rather than the resource teacher) Hours are granted by the SENO (Special Educational Needs Organiser) and are based on the child’s diagnosis.
How many hours is the child entitled to?
These are the hours according to the Department Circular – SP ED 05; Organisation of Teaching Resources for Pupils who need additional support in mainstream primary schools;
However these hours have been cut by 15% meaning a child with a diagnosis of Autism who is entitled to 5 hours of resource teaching will not only get 4 hours and 15 minutes.
What resources will I need?
For most children there is a need for support in literacy and numeracy. For children with Autism or emotional needs they might need support with social skills and for children with dyspraxia or a physical disability they need support with developing their fine and gross motor skills.
I find it useful to have a range of different Maths and Literacy resources at the child’s class level as well as the year below and the year above. This ensures that you can pitch the topic at the right level for each child.
I also use my language box and maths box which are very useful in the resource room.
For supporting social skills; I have a selection of games; cards, guess who, snakes and ladders etc.
For language skills; I have a soft ball, language box, guess who
This post Using balls to support maths language and social skills might give you some tips/ideas to add fun when supporting children in the resource room.
Other useful posts
- Getting set up in Learning Support/Resource
- Learning Support/Resource – What’s the difference?
- Supporting Children with Autism in the Mainstream Classroom