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INTENSIVE TRAINING WEEK: Primary aged children - BIG Questions, FUNDAMENTAL Challenges and PRACTICAL Solutions


October 2, 2017

Time09.30 to 16.00
Duration4 days
VenueThe Ear Foundation, Nottingham, UK
TicketsStandard Professional : £500.00

A four day intensive course, with 20 hours of face to face learning and 5 hours distance learning.

Free accommodation in shared twin rooms for the first four applicants!

There are BIG questions remaining for our deaf children in school, but we have EXCITING challenges in what we now know.  At The Ear Foundation we have developed some very PRACTICAL ways of working with deaf children to help them really fulfil their potential. 

What will the course focus upon?

Day 1: The Crucial Primary Years: The Journey and what impacts upon it

Big questions, New research, Implications.  Building on the latest research, we’ll explore the impact of engagement between school and family, technology and language on outcomes.

School requires rapid vocabulary learning and children with hearing loss often struggle to keep up. Suitable for individuals or groups, we’ll provide a practical vocabulary framework with developmental levels and intensive learning strategies.

Visit our specialist technical room to have hands on experience with a range of cochlear implants and hearing aids


Learning Objectives

·         Know the current research related to longer term outcomes in deaf children and their journey through school.    

·         Recognise a way of working which focuses upon the importance of engaging the school, staff, parents and the child themselves in order to accelerate learning. 

·         Experience listening and using different wireless microphone technologies

·         Understand a framework for targeting vocabulary learning throughout the school day.

·         Write a plan to develop vocabulary with a child you support



Day 2 Reading and Writing: The importance of reading and getting ideas onto paper.  How to inspire and promote the learning journey


Aged 4-11.  We focus a lot upon learning to read and write and to use literacy for learning, and it’s a time when children might need targeted work on their speech clarity. 

Learning to read – reading to learn.  Current research on a population of children with hearing loss will be presented and discussed.  The impact of phonics and their effective use with children with a hearing loss will be discussed.  Specific reference is made to promoting listening, reading and speech clarity. 

Writing is still delayed compared to their hearing peers.  A narrative framework to practically use within your settings will be provided and its use within different contexts discussed. 


Learning Outcomes

·         Know research outcomes for literacy skills of older cochlear implant children

·         Recognise the link between spoken English and written English

·         Describe how speech and reading are connected and practice practical strategies to support clear speech production. 

·         Describe a framework for promoting narrative writing skills. 

·         Write a plan to develop narrative skills for a child you support

·         Recognise the importance of book and practically identify how a love of books can be inspired in children. 



Day 3 “Hold that thought”: Theory of Mind and Thinking Socially during the primary years

Theory of mind and thinking socially skills – the social glue, the friendship maker.

Making friends and keeping friends requires highly sophisticated social skills. Research shows us despite great gains in language skill, many children with hearing loss are still struggling to gain the knowledge needed for social success. We’ll explore what’s meant by theory of mind and thinking socially and its impact upon academic success. How these skills make a resilient child, someone who can take others perspectives and manage the social complexities of life. 


Learning outcomes

·         Understand the terms theory of mind and thinking socially

·         Identify the specific areas children with hearing loss are struggling with. 

·         Evaluate readymade programmes and materials

·         Recognise strategies for changing in our practise which impact upon the gaps. 

·         Write a project sheet for how to promote thinking socially in our own contexts

·         Identify resources for assessing theory of mind



Day 4 From theory into working practise - My children

Looking afresh at our case management, progress monitoring and aims, targets and aspirations for each of our children.  This day will have both theoretical and practical components.  We will look at setting goals linked with identifiable tasks or strategies for working towards them.  The focus will be on monitoring progress and evaluating whether it is appropriate and what to do when it is or isn’t what we would expect. 

·         Describe how to write specific and measurable targets

·         Evaluate your own monitoring procedures in relation to the aims of the assessments undertaken. 

·         Recognise speed of progress as an important outcome. 

·         Identify what do with the information we have about a child and how to respond to a child’s outcomes. 

·         Write an action plan for a child you work with. 



How will the course run?

This four day intensive course will allow participants to journey in their thinking, to share goals and discuss issues.  The intensive course will provide pre course thinking assignments and a post course task.  Participants will be encouraged to engage and self learn in the evenings if they wish to.  The aim is to come away inspired, challenged, and focussed. 

·         20 hours of face to face learning through 4 days consecutive training days at The Ear Foundation, Nottingham.  Free accommodation available to the first 4 applicants. 

·         5 hours distance learning activities through 2 hours pre course work and 3 hours for a post course assignment


If you are unable to attend the full intensive course it is possible to register for individual days focussing upon specific issues in your setting. 


Who is the course for?

For professionals who want to journey together and stretch their thinking, and so deepening their understanding of what deaf children require to be able to reach their potential in the primary classroom.  Whether you are TODs, SLTs, SENCOs, Class teachers this course is for all professionals working with children aged 4-11 in school. 


The course will focus upon BIG questions.  We will have EXCITING DISCUSSIONS and we will think through PRACTICAL answers to our SPECIFIC contexts.    

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