Supporting Children's Learning
Publication date: 2010
ISBN: 978 1 905664 15 3
About this training programme
Education is immensely important, yet for looked after children there are a range of factors which can create barriers to educational success and which, as a consequence, limit life chances. Supporting Children’s Learning has been designed to help carers support the education of children in their care and enable them to become more confident and effective learners.
Carers are ideally placed to support children with their learning and to help them develop positive attitudes, skills and behaviours which will support them in their learning environment. This training course will help carers to:
• Understand learning processes
• Create an environment in their home which is conducive to learning
• Support and encourage the development of social and emotional skills which underpin a child’s abilities to learn
• Develop an understanding of the education system and their role within it
• Learn how they can support a child’s literacy skills
The course consists of 10 sessions and is designed to be delivered to groups of between eight and 12 participants. The active involvement of participants is encouraged, with plenty of opportunities to think and work together as well as share and learn from each other’s experiences.
Supporting Children’s Learning consists of a training manual, a CD-Rom containing PowerPoint presentations and handouts and a DVD, Paired Reading. Paired Reading is a well-established and researched method for supporting literacy which targets both reading accuracy and comprehension. It has been proven to work with children with a wide range of learning needs. The DVD provides a practical demonstration of how to go about Paired Reading with expert advice and guidance for carers.
The Supporting Children’s Learning project and guide have been kindly supported by 1E, Clore Duffield Foundation, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, KPMG Foundation, SHINE and the DCSF Innovations Unit.