Training For Individuals/Small Groups
New staff, teachers studying for the mandatory qualification for Teachers of the Deaf, or teaching assistants who have not previously worked with deaf children may benefit from training in specific areas to improve their skills and confidence.
Experienced staff may also wish to update their skills and practice to incorporate developments in technology or educational policies.
Bespoke training can be provided as a stand-alone event or developed into a programme run over several terms. This might include:
exploring test equipment procedures; considering the use of personal and environmental aids in different learning situations; establishing policies and protocols for routine checks and trouble-shooting procedures; using commercial materials to assess language, literacy and numeracy; planning strategies for in-class and resource provision support; reviewing the application/modification of whole-school policy documents and website content.
Supporting language acquisition
Training was provided to a group of learning support assistants on the role of adults in supporting language acquisition at home and in school.
The training started with a presentation and discussion, followed by appraisal of a video of their interaction with pupils. They identified two aspects of interaction that they wished to improve during the following month. They were then filmed again and the LSAs self-evaluated the changes that they had made and the impact on the pupil’s participation.
This ensured that pupils were effectively included whilst receiving the necessary support for language development.