Cognition & Learning

Putting the Memory to Work!

Aims of the course

To identify children’s difficulties with working memory and understand how this affects them as learners.
To know some effective strategies for strengthening children’s short-term working memory.
To be able to make learning more accessible for children with poor working memories.

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All Reading by Six!

Aims of the course

  • To understand the use and application of multi-sensory language strategies.
  • To strengthen Quality First Teaching in phonics.
  • To understand how to integrate quality intervention into daily phonics teaching.
  • To know how to identify early those children at risk of literacy difficulties.
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Maths – Removing the barriers

The importance of visualisation in numeracy teaching.

Aims of the course

  • To appreciate how children learn mathematical concepts and why they might fail.
  • To explore the use of concrete materials and pictorial representations to generate secure mathematical understanding.
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​​Maths – Removing the barriers‘ is also available as a DVD for in-house CPD Training. For details please visit our webpage here


Maths – Removing the Barriers with Cuisenaire
The significance of maintaining good concrete and visual representations for children throughout their mathematical education.

Aims of the course

  • To explore the use of Cuisenaire rods to secure mathematical understanding.
  • Continuing to explore a range of practical strategies for all primary ages.
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Comprehending by 11!

Advancing reading comprehension skills for primary aged children

Aims of the course

  • To understand how reading comprehension develops.
  • To understand effective strategies for reading with children individually, and for guided or reciprocal reading.
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Getting the ‘Write’ Intervention – Part 1
Identifying children’s difficulties in writing and doing something about it!

Aims of the course

  • To understand the relationship between reading, spelling and handwriting.
  • To identify potential writing difficulties in the early years.
  • Use strategies for teaching reading, spelling and handwriting that address these difficulties.
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Getting the ‘Write’ Intervention – Part 2
Identifying reluctant writers and doing something about it!

Aims of the course

  • To reflect on the learning from Part 1.
  • To analyse barriers to learning that exist in writing beyond the mechanics of spelling and handwriting.
  • To explore a range of strategies for responding to these barriers to learning.
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February 2024