Learning Support Assistants Training

Learning support Assistants PD in the UAE - Zen PD

Zen PD offers many learning training courses for the learning support assistants in the schools in the UAE. see below the details of each training course, their duration and objectives."

Course Description

How well do your staff understand autism spectrum disorder (ASD)? For World Autism Awareness Week, this 90 minute session provides an introduction to the symptoms of ASD, and dispels some common myths. As part of the session, staff will also explore practical strategies they can use to provide targeted support to pupils.

Key Facts

Course Name

Autism Awareness

Who is it for?

Teachers and Learning Support Assistants

Course Outcome

This session is designed to last 90 minutes, but can be tailored to suit your timings and the needs of your staff.

Objectives:

Raise awareness about the symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD)
Explore strategies to support pupils with ASD
Build consistency in approach and understanding across the school

Course Duration

0.4 Days

Course Description

How do staff identify and respond to bullying? This 90-minute session aims to raise awareness about bullying, specifically how schools can identify and respond to it. The session will also offer an opportunity for participants to evaluate the school’s approach to bullying, and consider how it might be improved.

Key Facts

Course Name

Anti-Bullying

Who is it for?

Teachers and Learning Support Assistants

Course Outcome

This session is designed to last 90 minutes, but can be tailored to suit your timings and the needs of your staff.

Objectives:

Raise awareness of how to identify and respond to incidents of bullying
Evaluate the school’s current approach to preventing bullying

Course Duration

0.4 Days

Course Description

Do children with EAL flourish academically and socially at your school?
This course will help you support this diverse group of pupils, by helping your staff:
• Confidently assess pupils’ stages of language acquisition
• Equip themselves with practical, evidence-based strategies to support children with English as an additional language at every stage of language acquisition
• Gain a deeper understanding of social and emotional factors that affect pupils’ learning

Key Facts

Course Name

Pupils with EAL – Support, Engage, Empower

Who is it for?

Teachers and Learning Support Assistants

Course Outcome

Session 1 – Understanding the complexity of identifying and providing for pupils with EAL (90 minutes)
Objectives:
• Examine definitions of EAL and the definitions of terms associated with it.
• Explore theoretical models of second language acquisition, and learn how to identify a pupil’s stage of language acquisition.
• Consider the complex emotional and social needs of EAL pupils
Session 2 – Supporting students with English as an additional language (90 minutes)
Objectives:
• Explore the needs of early English acquisition students
• Gain more knowledge of the first language assessment (FLA) process to develop your practice
• Learn practical strategies for supporting “Code A” EAL learners (early acquisition students, new to English)
Session 3 – Maximising progress (90 minutes)
Objectives:
• Apply the EAL assessment codes and develop an understanding of what these mean in practical terms
• Trial, critique and reflect on a range of practical strategies for supporting EAL learners
• Examine our own practice and identify ways in which we could develop it to better support EAL learners

Course Duration

1 Day

Course Description

How effectively is your school engaging parents to improve pupil outcomes? This training course aims to help staff develop strong partnerships with parents and carers based on effective communication. It explores the link between parental engagement and pupil achievement, and addresses institutional, social and cultural barriers that can inhibit parental engagement. The training course aims to equip participants with the skills, knowledge and confidence to effectively engage all parents in their children’s learning

Key Facts

Course Name

Engaging Parents – Building Strong Partnerships

Who is it for?

Teachers, Teaching Assistants & Learning Support Assistants

Course Outcome

Session 1 – Introduction to parental engagement (90 minutes)

Objectives:

Explore current approaches to engaging parents
Understand the differences between ‘parental engagement’ and ‘parental involvement’
Explore research evidence and best practice case studies on effective approaches to parental engagement
Consider some of the most common barriers to parental engagement, and explore how to overcome them
Session 2 – Developing partnerships with parents (90 minutes)
Objectives:
Explore what might influence parents’ attitudes towards school
Look at how to develop positive rapport with parents
Explore how to build partnerships with parents through effective communication
Consider how to handle difficult conversations with parents
Session 3 – Encouraging family learning (90 minutes)
Objectives:
Explore the link between family learning and pupils’ outcomes
Discuss the characteristics of a positive “home learning environment, and consider how to help parents create one
Explore how to set homework that promotes family learning
Look at how technology can be used to build home-school partnerships
Session 4 – A whole-school approach to parental engagement (2 hours)
Objectives:
Draw together evidence from the module to inform whole-school direction on parental engagement
Explore how collective values regarding parental engagement relate to overall school vision
Encourage collaborative learning between colleagues, and explore how ideas will be put into action
Consider how any new approaches will be evaluated

Course Duration

2 Days

Course Description

Do your staff have a strong understanding of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD)? Following ADHD awareness month, this 90-minute session provides an introduction to the causes, symptoms and treatments of ADHD. It provides an opportunity to dispel some common myths and encourage best practice.

Key Facts

Course Name

ADHD Awareness

Who is it for?

All school staff

Course Outcome

The session is designed to last 90 minutes, but can be tailored to suit your timings and the needs of your staff.

Objectives:

Raise awareness of the causes, symptoms and treatments of ADHD
Build consistency in approach and understanding across the school

Course Duration

1 Day

Course Description

Are you confident that all your most able pupils are sufficiently stretched and challenged?
This training course will help you ensure all children at your school reach their full potential, by supporting your staff to:
Create a robust school definition of more able pupils and apply it to your cohort
Audit current provision for more able pupils
Learn from a range of relevant research
Equip themselves with evidence-based strategies to stretch more able pupils
Gain a deeper understanding of the barriers affecting more able disadvantaged pupils

Key Facts

Course Name

Stretch and Challenge More Able Students

Who is it for?

All School Staff

Course Outcome

Session 1 – Defining and identifying more able pupils (90 minutes)

Objectives:

Understand what is meant by more able pupils
Work collectively to develop a definition for more able pupils
Explore and review approaches for identifying more able pupils
Session 2 – Approaches and techniques (90 minutes)
Objectives:
Review the components of effective provision for more able pupils by exploring four techniques
Gain an understanding of the importance of fostering key learning behaviours in more able pupils
Explore New Zealand’s ‘One Day A Week’ school to generate ideas for classroom activities
Session 3 – Practical strategies for supporting more able pupils (100 minutes)
Objectives:
Develop an understanding of the importance of developing oracy skills in more able pupils
Understand the importance of providing challenge and building resilience in more able pupils, and critically review approaches
Gain knowledge and understanding of a range of strategies that enable more able pupils to develop cognitive study skills
Session 4 – Applying knowledge and auditing provision (90 minutes)
Objectives:
Apply knowledge from sessions 1, 2 and 3 to review a lesson plan and suggest improvements to provision for more able pupils
Review and reflect on provision for more able pupils in case studies of best practice
Conduct a collaborative reflective audit into provision for more able pupils in your own setting

Course Duration

2 Days