The following testimonials are a selection of comments made by participants in their post-course evaluation, and impact statements 90 days after passing their course.
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“A very timely course after the current lock-down. Supporting Social/emotional mental health & well-being of children in Primary is one of my strengths and reading from up to date & relevant sources was very helpful. Forum questions & statements enabled space to think through issues, rather than just reading through resources. Setting goals shaped my classroom practice, embedding knowledge into practice
“The training has given me a deeper understanding of the difficulties that students with VI face. I have been able to support my student by enlarging worksheets and using visual clues and timetables, which have contributed to raising his self-esteem and feeling of achievement.
“I feel this course has given me an improved understanding of hearing impairments and how best to support the children and families I work with
“It has made me more aware of the environment I am setting for my students, how I offer motivational activities for each individual and how to support my staff more effectively to meet each individual needs.
“I have learned a great deal on how to support a pupil with VI and have been able to use this information in practice, e.g. new knowledge on additional low impact visual aids which I have now implemented for use in class to support Pupil X. I am more aware in how to meet the needs of the pupil and feel more confident in my day-to-day practice. I also found the case studies particularly informative and useful - these gave me a greater understanding of the needs of a VI pupil and how to meet them.
“I have better understanding on how the classroom needs setting up and why you set it up for the child. I now understand what resources I will need for the child to grow and flourish through his school life Also, I am able to talk about visual impairment more confidently.
“I have gained basic knowledge to help support a little boy on my caseload with hearing impairment - although is he younger than school entry age - the information I have learnt gives a good insight to what he is to expect when he starts school. I feel I am better equipped to support at Early Foundation stage and have the information, formed connections with HI teacher in the area, that has given further direction to improve my work practice.
“Was able to learn and implement straight away