This strategy is to support your student so they have what they need for different activities throughout the school day. Over time it should help your students to self-organise and keep track of their belongings or the things they need through having a system to follow. There is another strategy in this module (Have I got my stuff) which can be used along with this to help the student know where to find their things.
- Use one of the organisation point or prompt templates to lay out the activities the student does at school that need different things. Add headings (e.g. English, maths, PE)
- We've put some options below with different themes, an example, and prompt sheets with different amounts of time and detail, depending on your student's needs
- Select icons that capture what the student will need, or make your own, and customise the organisation point template to reflect the students’ timetable
- Look through the planning ahead lesson and idea for activity and see if this is something you can do with your class
- Complete the planning ahead lesson or activity with the student or the class (optional)
- Introduce the organisation point or prompt sheets to the toolkit student or class: they could customise it if you have time
- Agree together where you should put the organisation point (e.g. a digital copy on their tablet home screen; on the wall close to their desk or drawer).
- Be sensitive to whether it may make the student stand out and whether you could use it with the whole class instead
- At the start of each day or at a transition time, bring the students’ attention to the organisation point, and ask them what they will need for the next activity
- Support them to assemble these things. Ensure any other classroom staff also use this approach
- To start with, the student may need a lot of reminding and support to use the organisation point, use the point sheets and prompt sheets to remind you to remind them!
- Hopefully after a few days or a couple of weeks they will be able to use this in a more self-directed manner, with you occasionally prompting them to consult their sheets
- After a week, reflect on whether using this helping the student to be more prepared
- What unexpected obstacles are coming up? Use the reflection template and think with your SENCo or a colleague, the student and their family, about how you can overcome these