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Online Course

Supporting Successful Learning in Primary School

University of Reading via FutureLearn

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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.

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Helen Bilton

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Reviews for FutureLearn's Supporting Successful Learning in Primary School Based on 48 reviews

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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 I knew enough to support the children I work with....
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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 in certain respects .

This was a wonderful course, which for me will help put into practice good strategies for us ' older children 'and our pupils . It is said you never stop learning and every day makes a difference, this is certainly true in respect of this course. The course gave the Student/Teacher a very good stepping stone approach with practical and useful applications for use in school , and outside in the school grounds . Teaching and the ability to learn is moving forward, away from total classroom teaching we are giving the pupils more of a chance to grow and gain confidence in their work and surroundings .

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Aikaterini P
Aikaterini 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
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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 learning environment more positive. By learning the...
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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 which proved to me the difficulty a child may...
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Mel N
Mel 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 which proved to me the difficulty a child may suffer...
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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/ and https://padlet.com/dashboard

I found the sections about the environment for learning, communication and language particularly helpful with plenty of points for my daily practice at school.

I have given this plenty of time to complete because I have been absorbed in reading all the comments and thoughts of others and I have tried to contribute my own views.

I am going to look for some of the books recommended but meanwhile I want to make use of this learning by putting it into practice and sharing with my colleagues.

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Nikki E
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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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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
The course was taken during the closure of normal school in the coronavirus outbreak, as part of my CPD. I would say it has been a gem in a dark time. The content, delivery methods, tasks and reflections have all helped me to consider my role as a Teaching Assistant.

I think this was a highly valuable course which is astounding as it didn't incur any cost.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to making it happen.

Jim Noone
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Rachel Adams :Brilliant what a challenge!

So informative every step of the way..Ive learnt so much to help me and to certainly share with others..

I have alot of notes to keep as reference aswell as using them daily,to remind me and to continue my learning with.

I will pass this all to others/course/future learn details and most of all

"Tell them how much FUN....!
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
Brilliant what a challenge!

So informative every step of the way..Ive learnt so much to help me and to certainly share with others..

I have alot of notes to keep as reference aswell as using them daily,to remind me and to continue my learning with.

I will pass this all to others/course/future learn details and most of all

"Tell them how much FUN....!
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Vikki B
by Vikki completed this course.
I adored this course! It was so much better than I had expected and it provided such an insightful and different experience to any course I have ever participated in. I am looking forward to implementing everything I have learnt and am keen to start a new course with future learn. I highly recommend this course to anyone involved with children.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
I found the course content very interesting and the information and advice from the professionals most helpful. I will certainly put what I have learned into practice when given the opportunity. Although I have used some of the techniques discussed during my time at work previously, I feel I now have a clearer understanding of WHY we use them.
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Anonymous
Anonymous completed this course.
A well balanced and insightful course. It evoked a series of emotions when I completed the tasks (using my children as guinea pigs) that made me realise how much we impact on the children in the class even if we are not the lead teacher.

Well thought out research and just the right amount of balanced reading.

Highly recommended.

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