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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I am more flexible and understanding in my approach while working towards goals because I better understand the challenges and needs of the child in terms of possible learning barriers.

Learning Support Assistant (LSA)
Autism Spectrum Disorder

This training has made me aware of all the different learning theories and how each theory applies to certain students. It has made a big impact on targets that I set pupils, ensuring that they are SMART. It has also increased my confidence when feeding back to teachers and other agencies.

Teaching Assistant
Learning Strategies

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

I have become more aware of the ineffectiveness of too much "teacher talk" and of the importance of very directed questioning and enabling plenty of opportunities for the pupil to develop and consolidate his learning.

Teaching Assistant
Hearing Impairment

As I have returned after 10 years away from working in the field of Hearing Impairment the course enabled me to refresh and update my skills and knowledge. It has provided material I can use with young people, their families and other professionals.

Qualified Teacher of Hearing Impairment
Hearing Impairment

Following on from this training I have had discussions with the classroom teacher on how I can carry out interventions that are directly linked to and support the individual targets set out in each student's IEP. I believe this will have a significant impact on outcomes as my work in the classroom will be more focused and targeted.

Teaching Assistant
Learning Strategies

This course made me more aware of the individual challenges students face day to day. It has also shown me, that there are many useful tools that can be used to help VI students. I'm now in a better position to assist and learn new strategies. I would recommend this course to others.

Learning Support Assistant
Vision Impairment

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

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

This training has helped me to refresh some of my thinking and practice. After teaching for so many years it has been good to come back to basics and back to theories and strategies to enable me to better meet my learners’ needs. I have become more confident in my knowledge around effective teaching and learning, being more comfortable with my decisions in this area.

Lecturer
Learning Strategies

I have enjoyed and found it very useful hearing other peoples’ goals and interventions and sharing ideas and hope to continue with learning more about others’ strategies.

Learning Support Assistant (LSA)
Understanding and Supporting Behaviour

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

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