Improving learner outcomes

Testimonials

The following testimonials are a selection of comments provided when participants complete their post-course evaluation, and evaluate the success of their goals 90 days after passing their course.

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Having an understanding of attachment theory and how disrupted attachment experiences can manifest in different attachment styles and behaviour is incredibly important when working with children, particularly when those children have experienced trauma. Applying this lens to the behaviour I see in the classroom, enables me to understand my student's behaviour as communication. When I recognise behaviour as a student communicating a need, I am able to reflect on how best to respond to and support the student. Remembering that children have often developed their insecure attachment styles in response to neglectful, inconsistent or abusive care also helps me to maintain empathy for my students and recognise that their behaviour is often not wilfully disruptive or defiant but is reflective of how they had their needs met (or not) in their early years.

Teacher
Attachment and Trauma

Before starting this course, I had no knowledge of dyslexia. I thought it was just a case of ‘swimming letters’ when trying to read and confusing b and d and p and q when writing. I now realise that there is much more to it than just these possible traits I have learnt the importance of a dyslexia friendly workplace. We try to make our classrooms as appealing as possible to the majority of students, but fail to take into account the needs of a dyslexic pupil. Something as simple as changing the background on the smartboard from white to buff could make a huge difference. Labelling trays with images rather than just words could save everybody's time, rather than just that of our struggling pupils.

Teaching Assistant
Dyslexia

This training has highlighted some of the potential problems associated with dealing with ASD in the classroom. It has given me a deeper understanding, not only of the problems facing students with ASD, but also a useful range of strategies to help find practical solutions to help and give these students full access to the curriculum.

Teacher
Autism Spectrum Disorder

I will use what I have learnt to provide input when preparing plans for a child’s learning. I have much more confidence when thinking of interventions to put in place.

Teaching Assistant
Autism Spectrum Disorder

It has made us more focused on the barriers to learning and overcoming them for individual students, i.e. being even more aware of outside influences that could impact on the student that we may not have considered before.

SENCO
Autism Spectrum Disorder

I was thankful for the opportunity to attend the course. The course has opened my eyes to the world of Autism and the pressures that students who manage Autism face in their day to day lives.

Teacher
Autism Spectrum Disorder

This course has helped me understand there are many different eye conditions. I am more aware of the individual daily challenges. I think I'm now in a better position to assist students and I have learned new support strategies. I would recommend this course to others.

Learning Support Assistant
Vision Impairment

One of the things I have learned is that pupils learn in very different ways. Many of them need visual cues to help them understand and access the curriculum. Another thing I have learned is that some of the children don't have skills to filter out unimportant information and it's beneficial to relay what the teacher has said in simpler terms. Giving them one instruction at a time is also important.

Teaching Assistant
Speech, Language and Communication Needs

What became clear was the need to avoid rushing into larger targets. In my practice now I select much more manageable targets for these children, thus enabling them to approach their learning with realistic and reachable goals.

Teacher
Dyslexia

Having now done this course I am aware that sometimes I 'set the bar' too high when setting a specific task/target and that I need to differentiate the work according to the children's ability. I very much agree with the statement that “knowledge of the learner can maximise the impact of teaching” and apart from the occasional 'blip' I would to think that I do 'know' the children I teach and that this knowledge does help me deliver a more effective lesson including the element of fun and surprise!

Teaching Assistant
Learning Strategies

From implemented strategies, progress has already been seen to happen - demonstrating the usefulness of this training and the theory behind learning and classroom assessments and interventions.

Teaching Assistant
Learning Strategies

Providing structured choices throughout the school day is a strategy I have adopted with children who have a need to exert control. These are often children who have experienced a lack of control and autonomy in their early years. Providing them with regular opportunities to make choices and control their immediate environment can assist in avoiding power battles and oppositional behaviour. The choices do not need to be big or significant to have an impact on the child’s experience of the classroom.

Teacher
Attachment and Trauma

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