Guidance to support learners with special educational needs

At the heart of the Northern Ireland Curriculum lies an explicit emphasis on the development of Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. The Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities framework aims to help learners develop their skills for lifelong learning and operating effectively in society.

This guidance supports the planning, developments and assessment of Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities for learners with special educational needs (SEN). It includes information about progression maps, as well as supporting activities and resources.

Guidance to support learners with special educational needsTSPC Microsite

Progression Maps

We have designed the progression maps for SEN to help you in the planning, development and assessment of the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. They complement the ‘From-To’ grids for primary and post primary and subject-specific progression maps for Key Stage 3.

We have developed the progression maps to:

  • make connections between curriculum and assessment resources available for SEN;
  • identify progression that learners may make;
  • give examples of possible classroom activities;
  • encourage the use of language associated with the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities;
  • support you in your planning and development of the Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities; and
  • support you in assessing learners’ skills

Activities and Resources

In addition to the progression maps, we have developed a variety of activities and resources for classroom support. The range of detailed activities provided are a snapshot of the types of activities that you will be using in your classroom. They illustrate how you can use everyday activities to develop learners’ Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities. Many apply to real-life contexts which allow the learners to connect them to everyday situations.

Useful Documents

Skills TableTSPC Microsite