For work with Year 6 students taking a literacy progression course, a number of whom experienced learning difficulties

A range of literacy topics were covered in the course. At the end, a feedback form invited students to be open about their experience of our sessions. They could respond anonymously and in their own time, by posting their replies to our work space. Below are responses from eighteen students to the questions: “Do you feel you have learnt some things from this course? If so, can you say what they are?”, “What helped you to enjoy the work and to learn in our sessions?” and, “Did anything make it difficult for you to learn in our sessions, or make it difficult for you to enjoy the work?”

“I have learnt a lot about reading and writing descriptions and taking information from sheets and books.”

“I remember you teaching us persuasive writing which really helped because our topic in literacy is persuasive writing. I learnt a lot and really enjoyed it. I would enjoy going again.”

“I have learned to make much better sentences.”

“Yes it has helped me a lot.”

“I have learnt how to write in better words…we discussed things and talked to each other.”

“I learnt a lot when we played the dinosaurs game.”

“I have learned that reading between the lines means reading beyond the lines; I have also learnt to pick out pieces of information that is actually needed.”

“I liked my teacher very much because she was very nice and also helped me very much when I got stuck on my work.”

“I feel that I have learned a lot since doing reading between the lines.”

 “Making them [topics] interesting and not talking me to death.”

“[I learned from] the exercise of the fun story.”

“I did learn quite a bit because it was really hard at first, but it is easy, so I find it a lot easier now to read between the lines. I can take information and now retrieve. What I have learned was how to read bits from a story and say what happened.The learning which was helpful was using pieces of text to help me and the enjoyable thing was the alien report.”

“Nothing made me not enjoy the progress unit.”

“I can’t think of anything that made it difficult.”

“I have learned to read in front of a group of people.”

“I like [what we learned] when we played the dinosaur game.”

“We discussed things and talked to each other.”

“[I am] seeing words and I find it easier reading.”


For work with people experiencing cognitive difficulties

“We all think that the work you do is fantastic.”   P.C.

“You have built up such rapport with so many of our relatives and have such insight into my Mum.”   H.H.

“You do a really fantastic and worthwhile job. We value your input and enthusiasm very highly, you go the extra mile for all our relatives.”   L.C.

“I hope you know how much we have appreciated the work you have done”.   J.B. / M.B.

“No other member of staff knows our relatives as well as you do and the way you draw them out and interact with them is second to none. Your job is invaluable. I want you to know that you are valued for the excellent job you do.” T.L.

“Your cheerful and willing presence was always a delight to see…you went out of your way to help my wife…always doing your utmost for her benefit, and that was fully recognised by me and hugely appreciated, so I am most grateful for all your efforts.” M.C.

“You managed to get my mum out of her room when no-one else could, not even I, you encourage her to make crafts and paint, not only did you help mum but you helped me too. Thank you for making my mum smile.”   E.B.

New testimonials for my work with children, young people, adult learners and groups
have been compiled, and shall soon be seen on a new page.