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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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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

The main outcome of taking part in the course has for me been to question how effective I am as a Teaching Assistant both in delivering my own lessons and in those lessons in which I support the class teacher. I have learnt how to approach my teaching in a variety of ways, and how by using different strategies with the children I work with I can improve their learning in a positive way.

Teaching Assistant
Effective Teaching & Learning

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

The setting of these goals enabled me to focus on the areas in which the child needed support and to set aside time to work individually with him. I have used this in my practice with other children, identifying areas which need support and providing short one to one /small group sessions to address these.

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
Effective Teaching & Learning

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

After doing this course I now evaluate all the lessons I am involved in, especially the literacy lesson I teach. I have now changed the way I work with the less able children of the group, instead of them all doing the same I have given them slightly different ways to learn the sounds and words we work on. I have already seen an improvement in all of them. Working at their pace has definitely helped their learning.

Other
Effective Teaching & Learning

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
Autistic 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
Autistic 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 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

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