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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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

I would recommend this training to anyone who is currently working with individuals with autistic spectrum disorders. It has provided me with a lot of factual information, such as the characteristics of ASD, and the behaviours of these characteristics and their causes. I particularly enjoyed the intervention module as it provided me with a wide range of strategies and intervention packages – some of these I had never heard of and am very excited to use within my own practice!

Early Years Practitioner
Autism Spectrum Disorder

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

I feel that I have a better understanding of just how much the classroom environment and resources can affect a student’s willingness and ability to learn. Furthermore, although I have always been aware that certain students do not accept praise, especially in front of their peers, I had never thought to say things like "I have enjoyed working with you/this group this lesson." and have always relied on sending praise postcards home.

Teaching Assistant
Understanding and Supporting Behaviour

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

The classroom buddy I introduced to child A worked really well. Although there were a few challenges initially, this was quickly resolved. Child A sat closely with her buddy who supported her to join all the singing sessions and the learning activities on the carpet.

Early Years Practitioner
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

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

I have learnt to always approach each lesson as if it is the first with your student. Always have a fresh start. I have learnt to control low level disruption immediately to avoid confrontation and escalating behaviour.

Teaching Assistant
Understanding and Supporting Behaviour

As SENCO in the school, I feel I now have more knowledge to support colleagues when asked questions about pupils in their class.

SENCO
Autism Spectrum Disorder

I am looking at using some of the resources to develop some new communication aids to work with older children on the ASD spectrum and there are plans for us to look at putting on some type of support group in the school holidays for our older children.

Early Years Practitioner
Autism Spectrum Disorder

Improved my knowledge of ASD, and having the conversation with the tutor gave me more insight into working and long term memory of children with ASD. I've adapted how I give instructions with some of the children.

Other
Autism Spectrum Disorder

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