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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 have also learnt how to break down tasks so it’s easier for the children to understand and easier to teach each stage at a time. I have been shown lots of activity ideas. I have learnt lots more that we will be using all the time and sharing with other staff.

Teaching Assistant
Motor Coordination Difficulties

This training has made me consider how the children with MSI percieve the word around them. I am trying to eliminate unnecessary noise and visual distractions, repeating things when important and starting sentences with the child's name. I am thinking more about the needs of the child first.

Teacher
Multi-Sensory Impairment

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
Autistic Spectrum Disorder

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

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

SENCO
Autistic Spectrum Disorder

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
Autistic Spectrum Disorder

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

I can write more specific targets using SMART after the face to face training. My tutor used the example of an iceberg which was helpful in understanding underlying difficulties to aid target writing.

Teaching Assistant
Effective Teaching & Learning

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
Effective Teaching & Learning

It really was fascinating thinking about how our senses help us learn, how we would feel if we didn't have those senses and how we would have to adapt. I feel it would greatly benefit the staff involved in the next academic year to do this course too.

Teaching Assistant
Multi-Sensory Impairment

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

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

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