We’re back with another of our ‘An interview with…’ articles!

This month our interview is with the fantastic Cristina Gangemi.

Cristina’s work looks at disability and how people experience disability in their lives. She has worked as an advisor to the Catholic Bishops Conference of England and Wales, and the Archdiocese of Southwark too.

As a practical theologian, Cristina is currently studying her PhD (in Rome!), looking at the role of empathy in the lives of people who experience disability and ways of knowing God. Alongside this, she works in a large international school as a RE teacher with an additional needs focus.

Cristina is full of wisdom and I had a brilliant time chatting to her about our SEND/ALN differentiation resources in Life to the Full Primary, and how teachers and educators can best approach Life to the Full with all of their pupils, including those with SEND/ALN.

Watch my interview with Cristina:

SEND/ALN Differentiation

As discussed with Cris, we have included three additional resources within the Session Notes across Life to the Full Primary to help you differentiate sessions for creative learners in your school/class:

These suggestions, included in all sessions, will help you to be aware of and think about the session content from the perspective of the child with SEND/ALN.

These notes are split into 4 sections:

  • What is this session’s message to the child with SEND?
  • Be aware that…
  • Ensure understanding
  • Offer Options

The SEND Differentiation notes provide you with simple learning outcomes, a clear focus for the session, as well as optional suggestions and adaptations with a view to increasing accessibility.

Age and Stage Differentiation notes offer suggestions of how to level up or level down the content according to the needs of your pupils, as well as various extension options.

The notes are split into year group guidance, but will also be useful for schools that wish to tailor content according to different ability levels within their class.

This is in addition to Learning Objectives and Success Criteria, to provide a new way to measure individual children’s progress, within an ‘All children will…Most children will…Some children will…’  framework.

Progress Markers will help identify children who might need additional support, as well as those who are working at a deeper level. These are included within individual Session Notes, but will also be collated on updated Progression of Skills documents.

All of these resources can be found in the drop-down menu on individual session pages, or at the bottom of each session plan document.

These three resources aim to offer staff the opportunity to be led by the level of engagement, knowledge and attainment of the learner and tailor their teaching accordingly. We hope you find these resources, and the advice shared from Cristina, useful in your teaching of Life to the Full Primary.