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Best of All-Time Online Course

Supporting Successful Learning in Primary School

University of Reading via FutureLearn

Overview

Improve the support you provide for children’s learning in primary school

Giving children in primary school the right support is vital.

On this course you’ll hear from education experts, school staff and school children who provide insight into how children learn, the learning environment, and communicating in school.

You’ll explore some of the theories underlying people’s behaviour that could impact learning in school, and you’ll reflect on your own experiences in the classroom to help build on your confidence and working practices.

By the end of the course you’ll be better equipped to improve the support you provide in the education of children.

This course is for teaching assistants and support staff in early years and primary school. It will also be of interest to teachers returning to work, newly qualified teachers, as well as providing a refresher for current teachers. Parents of children in schools may also find this course useful in helping them to support and encourage their children’s learning.

This course focusses on teaching and learning in primary schools. If you work in a secondary school, you may like to join: Supporting Successful Learning in Secondary Schools.

Taught by

Helen Bilton

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Reviews

4.8 rating, based on 66 reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    A first class course informative, challenging and inspiring. I really feel this course has inspired me to face challenges head on, knowledge is key to success and now I feel ready to go. I have been a ta for many years and perhaps in some aspects I felt...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As a practitioner in a school setting , the scope for enhancing the teacher /pupil relationship is advancing with forward thinking. This is very different to old style teaching ideals and methods of the past . These were so restrictive and quite damaging...
  • Aikaterini Pelentridou

    Aikaterini Pelentridou completed this course.

    I enjoyed every step of the course. It was really helpful that was included every type of information as videos from other teachers, articles, small practical tasks and the comments of different people and all together put a different piece on the teaching jigsaw. Look forward for the next one. Thank you
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It’s a nice course gives you an insight into many things one is unaware of. And can apply many things practically in our day to day routine. Either at home or in school knowingly or unknowingly.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed learning about this course. I found it very informative with helpful tips and easy to understand. For example good tips on how to be a good listener, what types of questions to ask to encourage children to learn, and how to make the...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The course was well structured and started by encouraging me to think about what I believe education is and then lead me on a journey during which I discovered my own unconscious-bias and elements of rigid thinking. I loved the vital experiential exercise...
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    Mel Nieuwenhuys completed this course.

    The course was well structured and started by encouraging me to think about what I believe education is, then lead me on a journey during which I discovered my own unconscious-bias and elements of rigid thinking. I loved the vital experiential exercise...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I can't recommend this course enough. I've never done a course like this before and wasn't expecting a great deal, as it was free, but it was fantastic. There was a great mix of really interesting teaching materials, including videos and articles to read...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As a free online resource (though if you wish for a certificate or unlimited access, you will have to pay) this course has really impressed me and went above what I thought it might initially offer. It has helped me learn about supporting children in...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    It was a very good course, well set and really well structured. Moving from insight about our thoughts and biases to our attitudes towards others. Activities were well balanced varying from articles to read, videos and use of tools on line such as https://www.mentimeter.com/...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This is has been a very interesting and useful course for me and I enjoyed completing it. I have learnt so many new things about so many different aspects of children’s learning and also how to become a competent Teaching Assistant. From the beginning...
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I have been working as a TA in the UK, both in mainstream and special schools, for over a year and I could not be happier with this course. Even though I wish I had found it earlier, I cannot strength enough how grateful I feel for how insightful it has been.
    The contents, the structure, and the resources that this course provides have enabled me not only to reflect on my own experiences in the classroom but also to have a greater understanding of every detail that needs to be taken into account when asking ourselves how to best support learning.
    I extremely recommend this course to anyone who is either working as a TA or thinking about going into teaching.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I found the pace of the course good, and the structure was well planned.
    An excellent introduction to the central ideas around supporting teaching.
    The support and encouragement offered by teaching staff and fellow students helped me to feel connected and that I was achieving something that is needed in the community.
    I would recommend the University of Reading's Supporting Successful Learning as a stimulating course with helpful links to extra learning material that you could use to expand your knowledge after the course is complete.
    Thank you for offering such high quality courses FutureLearn.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This was a new experience for me as I have not completed an online course like this before.

    I liked the format and found it very easy to navigate, and really enjoyed reading others responses.
    If I did a similar course I think I would respond more to the discussion option rather than just liking comments.

    I did miss interaction with peers, but I think if we had not been in lock down then it would have been easy to talk about the course at work.

    I found the subjects relevant and interesting .

    I have also purchased "People Don't Grow by Being Measured" by Brenda Crowe for further reading.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    This course is a must for teachers and TAs. There are many activities such as videos, interviews, quizzes, articles and experiments that keep you motivated throughout the course. You can work on the course whenever you want and can progress at your own rhythm. I enjoyed reading the comments from the other people doing the course so there is a lot of sharing and you don’t feel alone. The information is up to date and there is a lot of information that can be printed. Thanks and look forward to doing the phonics online course next.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    I really enjoyed this course. I found it very useful being able to do it at home, enabling me to reflect on points raised and to reread/rewatch videos in my own time. The quizzes were very helpful and as they were not used to deter a pass or fail of the course, didn't make me nervous - I really understand how the children feel when under pressure! The format was varied and interesting - reading, videos, discussion and the quiz at the end of each section. Highly recommend this course.
  • Anonymous
    This course has been very informative. I have been a Teaching Assistant for over twenty years, so it was nice to see how much I do know about how the children learn. I found all the articles very interesting and really enjoyed doing the course. I have now got a lot of tools I can use in the classroom. It made me think how I communicate with the children and the levels of questions I use. The one quote I will take with me is. If you want interesting answers ask interesting questions.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    The early parts of the course I found a little disjointed. As the course went on I really felt it was providing me with beneficial learning. I have been effected by bad health during this time and so it may just be me and I have to been able to spend a consistent time going though each weekly stage. I have enjoyed and found this to be very interesting and definately beneficial . I hope to use my learning to benefit people I tutor in future.
  • Anonymous

    Anonymous completed this course.

    As a Teaching Assistant, the course has taught me Learning is broad as sometimes we think we know. It has exposed all the gaps I need to fill after reflecting on my practice with regards to the ideas and strategies to use in supporting successful learning. It has made me realise our attitudes, beliefs and values plays a vital part if learning would be successful. I recommend it for all aspiring teachers and school support staff.
  • Nikki Eley is taking this course right now.

    I have found this course to be very informative and thought provoking ,it has challenged me to think of how I work at school and to understand more about Speech and language and how I communicate with pupils effectively and in turn that I hopefully encourage their learning and not discourage the pupils learning as was suggested in the research,however it has encouraged me by reading more about being a TA and how to work effectively.

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