Teaching Literacy to Students with Learning Difficulties & Disabilities

Schools, Colleges and Learning Providers alike need to make sure that students with disabilities are not treated unfavourably (this can often be through omission) and ensure that they are not placed at a disadvantage compared to students who are not disabled.

Teachers, trainers and support workers frequently come up against barriers to providing an inclusive learning experience and this workshop seeks to provide some stimulation and advice on ways to improve inclusion for learners with learning difficulties and disabilities.

With the provision of practical advice and guidance to staff who are supporting learners either on a one to one basis or planning for inclusive group activities, teaching can be transformed into an enjoyable and inclusive experience for all those requiring support and the staff will increase in confidence as they learn to adjust sessions to make them more inclusive. Reasonable adjustments can be simple to implement but can mean the difference between retaining and supporting learners to achieve compared to losing learners who may feel excluded and unsupported.

This workshop explore aspects of inclusivity, particularly in younger learners who might feel excluded by material that doesn’t relate to their own environment or aspirations. There will be opportunities to share good practice and to discuss how to take that practice forward with the use of emerging technologies. Young people need to be shown how to make the successful transition between school and adult life which helps them to improve their employment prospects. The workshop considers a holistic approach to inclusion and promotes access to learning throughout the session.

For Whom
This highly participative and interactive workshop is designed to promote inclusive practice and to encourage teachers, tutors and trainers to widen their use of new and emerging technology in supporting learning in learners with learning difficulties and disabilities.

Aims and Objectives
This one-day workshop enables participants to better:

• Identify the main barriers to learning experienced by learners with difficulties and disabilities
• Recognise the benefits of implementing inclusive practice in the wider learning environment
• Be able to source and adapt new resources which will provide support to and engage learners with difficulties and disabilities
• Share issues of improving participation with other members of staff

Prior to each course we request a selection of appropriate resources which we can explore further within the workshop including ways to make them more inclusive.

Bring with you
To gain maximum benefit from this workshop, participants should bring with them:
• A wi-fi enabled laptop with mobile internet access – for resource development
• session plans, resources & course specifications which will be used to promote ideas sharing

Content
The workshop includes:

1. Sharing advice and guidance provided by external sources relating to inclusion and learner support

2. Identifying potential barriers to learning in learners with difficulties and disabilities and identifying ways in which resources may be adapted in order to include learners who may have previously felt excluded.

3. Responding to issues of inclusivity identified by Ofsted and reports into barriers to learning; this will be achieved through some discussion and reflection within a very practical workshop.

4. Considering how inclusive practice may be taken forward into vocational and additional support activities within the organisation