It isn’t always the children with SEND who have the low expectations, it’s the adults, and we wouldn’t look kindly on such attitudes if they were teaching top set.
One of the things you learn very quickly when you first begin to teach is that some children do not believe in themselves. All it takes to bring on the little frowny face is the introduction of the latest and newest in exciting learning. Before you know where you are, you face a self-fulfilling prophecy.
It happened to me last summer. We had been having a lovely time reading fairy tales. I had even gone so far as to borrow a real basket from my mum when we studied Little Red Riding Hood. We had enjoyed a glorious romp through The Three Little Pigs, Three Billy Goats Gruff and Goldilocks and the Three Bears (there’s a lot of threes, a lot of cottages, a lot of forests and wolves are generally baddies). It was time to move on.