Before You Write the INDIVIDUAL LEARNING PLAN
At this stage the learning goals have been drafted. Each goal has been considered very carefully in isolation – now it is time to consider how the various goals come together to create a coherent Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and make adjustments if necessary.
Points to consider:
- Taken together as a whole, are the goals achievable? Given the time and resources available, is it realistic to expect that all of these goals can be achieved in the time allotted? If not, consider which goals could appropriately be adjusted to an extended time-frame.
- Consider the likely methods of assessment for each goal. Is it possible to teach and assess the learning goals in an integrated manner during lessons across the curriculum? Consider the manner in which complementary goals may fit together. Such an approach may slightly change the way that individual goals are worded in the Individual Learning Plan.
- Are there any goals which are inconsistent with each other? If so, consider adjusting the goals.
- Does any goal depend on the achievement of another goal? If so, consider adjusting the goals.
- Remember that the plan will be implemented across all subject areas and settings within the school. Consider whether all of the staff who work with the student will be able to work towards the goals. Is it reasonable and realistic to expect that the document would be implemented every day, in every class?
It is an extremely useful exercise to consider whether the student’s various learning goals will combine to form a complete and logical learning plan. Once this has occurred and any necessary adjustments have been made, it is possible to write the student’s ILP. For more information about writing the ILP, click here.