Spotlight Training Seminars 2021-2022
More House School is the largest school in the country to give specialist support to students aged 8-18 for whom mainstream school has proved unsuccessful for a variety of reasons.
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Sessions run from 4.30 to 5.30pm and have transferred to online delivery.
Courses are currently offered free of charge as part of the school's charitable initiatives, and are aimed at professionals in education.
October 14th - Building Resilience when approaching Numeracy and Calculation
Why do many SEND learners tend to wilt when they are presented with anything to do with numbers, whatever the subject? Lack of confidence and self-esteem seems to prevent them from being unwilling to tackle any question that stretches them, particularly when there are calculations to perform. This session will consider some of the motivational difficulties that SEND children are facing, as well as exploring strategies to make them more confident, prepared to have a go themselves, rather than relying on others.
November 18th - Managing the Language of Numeracy and Calculation
When the decoding of numbers, symbols and formulae challenges SEND learners, numeracy and calculation can be a minefield wherever it appears in the timetable. Unexpected vocabulary and inferential meaning can dominate the phrasing of questions in examinations and in our own classrooms, even when the calculations involved are relatively straightforward. This session will ask how we can support this type of language more effectively; for those times when we as staff have control over it, and when we do not.
January 20th - Supporting Visualisation
Although this can be an area of strength for many SEND learners, picturing questions in your head, 'seeing' shapes and patterns and accurately identifying links between them can also be a challenge. Reduced levels of perception when viewing diagrams, graphs and charts, together with poor spatial ability can affect learning. This session will explore the range of ways in which visualisation can be supported to improve numeracy and calculation skills, no matter what the task or the subject.
March 3rd – Estimation
Estimation is the ability to see the size of an answer without having to work it out exactly. How do pupils with SEND do this when they find it difficult to make links, generalise or to provide themselves with context? Put these issues together with self-doubt and a history of failing to get the right answer and pupils can shut down. The session will consider why estimation is a hidden skill that guides decision-making and works towards solutions, helping us to think about how we can support our learners to improve their estimation skills to good effect in all subjects and social situations.
May 5th - Logic
Logical thinking and sequencing are skills that requires thinking in the correct order so that problems can be solved, and patterns recognised. SEND pupils can find it challenging to master procedures and to establish standard methods of recording because they may not recognise a pattern of relationships or draw the right conclusions from them. This session will explore ways to support logic, sequencing and order in core subjects and beyond.
June 16th - Essential Numeracy and Calculation for Daily Living
Mental numeracy and calculation thread through our daily lives as we use time, money, make plans, manage relationships and develop our learning in a range of ways. Yet these are areas in which SEND learners habitually struggle and revert to relying on others, reducing their independence. This session will ask how we can help them to achieve the skills that they need to thrive in their daily lives, getting them up to speed for the rest of their lives, both now and in the future.
Executive function is a set of mental skills that include working memory, flexible thinking, and self-control. Our pupils use these skills every day to learn, work, and manage daily life. Trouble with executive function, a common issue with a variety of learning differences, can make it hard for them to focus, follow directions, and handle emotions, among other things.
Our hope is that we might have time during these sessions to think together about ways in which our SEN pupils struggle in these areas as well as discussing together how to support them and help them to thrive.
We look forward to seeing you at some point in the coming year. Do pass on the contact details of any colleagues or other professionals in education who would also like to be involved.