Suitable for: Heads, Directors of Learning, SENCOs, Heads of Department, teachers and learning support staff.
This is a conference with a difference. More House School, Frensham, rated outstanding by Ofsted, has developed a flexible methodology over the years based on its own experience and research, and global initiatives. Underpinning this is the belief that most (if not all) learning differences, and the difficulties associated with those differences, have a language base. All the children and young people at the school have complicated learning profiles, many are on EHCPs but go on to do better than the national average at GCSE, and their excellent A level results enable them to enter a wide range of university courses.
During the morning, there will be sessions exploring “language as the basis for everything” delivered by two experienced practitioners, both teachers and therapists. An exploration of the language needs in different subjects will be presented, and we will explain how teaching and learning may be improved by making subtle adjustments, which should inevitably lead to better outcomes whether a student has obvious SEND issues or not.
During the afternoon, the course will concentrate on specific known difficulties such as dyslexia, ADHD, ASD etc looking at the likely language issues involved in them and how children and young people’s lives are affected by these differences. We will discuss what your school may do to support them and how to train teachers to develop their skills to support each individual.
Aims of the course:
To enable schools to use new knowledge and advanced skills to provide a more supportive, yet challenging environment across the curriculum and out into unstructured time, that enables all students to be more comfortable and develop better learning methods to be even more successful.
On return to school, delegates should be able to:
- Have a greater understanding of language and how it affects learning
- Have a different insight into the difficulties which affect around 20% of the school population and better ways of delivering to those students whole school support
- Enthuse and train their colleagues to develop their own unique ways of specific subject support leading to better outcomes all around
Course tutor: Barry Huggett OBE
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