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Educational settings often use abbreviations and words that are hard to understand.
Listed below are some explanations for commonly used terms.
Graduated Approach  

This approach recognises that children learn in different ways and can have different kinds or levels of special educational needs. Increasing specialist help should be asked for depending on the needs of the individual child.


The practice of educating children with special educational needs in mainstream schools wherever possible.

Independent Parental Supporter (IPS)

  An IPS is a volunteer who can support parents/carers who have children with special educational needs. (Use this link for more information.)
Individual Education Plan (IEP)  

An IEP is a planning, teaching and reviewing document for an individual child used by all teaching staff. It records key short-term targets and has teaching and learning strategies different from or additional to those in place for the rest of the class.


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