If you are a SENCO or teacher of pupils with SEN then you have probably already heard of Student or Pupil Passports.
What are they?
A Pupil Passport is a summary document about a child and preferably they are contained on one page. They are a very child centred approach and in fact should be created with the majority of input coming from the child themselves.
Why should they be used?
There is no legal requirement to use a pupil passport but they are considered to be good practice and are in face recommended by Nasen. The passports form a summary document that can be used as a starting template for discussion with parents and some schools allocate them to the child (often stuck in the front of a planner) so that all teachers are immediately aware of the student’s need.
What should they contain?
There is no set format for a student passport or requirement on their contents but as a general guide they should contain:
- The pupil’s name.
- The pupils photograph.
- “I would like you to know that . . .” – in the first person and decided with the pupils.
- “This means that . . . .” – again in the first person.
- “I find it difficult to . . .” – a quick summary of the key areas as discussed with the child.
- “It would help me if you could . . .” – a quick list of strategies that you can use to help the child.
- “I will help myself by . . .” – self help strategies agreed with the pupil.
- Additional support – eg provisions/interventions in place.
- Important data – eg Reading age / CAT score
Where can I find some examples?
Here are a few examples of pupil passports: