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 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 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

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 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

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

Learning about the triad of impairment and the sensory issues has made me even more aware of what steps can be taken to make the classroom environment inclusive, and what part we as teaching assistants play in ensuring that kids who have SEN are engaged and motivated in the learning environment and social environment.

Teaching Assistant
Autism Spectrum Disorder

I have monitored and been more observant of what has been happening in the classroom and outside, I’ve been more persistent and consistent. This has had a much bigger and positive outcome for the children I work with.

Teaching Assistant
Understanding and Supporting Behaviour

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

Self-esteem is a key element in helping all children to progress, but for those with dyslexia, low self-esteem will be a major barrier to progress. Helping them to accept that they have learning differences, but can achieve great things is key.

Teacher
Dyslexia

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 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 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

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