• University of Reading

Supporting Successful Learning in Secondary School

Develop your understanding of learning and teaching and build your confidence in supporting students in secondary school.

11,060 enrolled on this course

Educator and students on a school campus

Supporting Successful Learning in Secondary School

11,060 enrolled on this course

  • 4 weeks

  • 3 hours per week

  • Accreditation available

  • Digital certificate when eligible

  • Introductory level

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Improve the support you provide to students' learning in secondary school

Engaging young people in the classroom can be a challenge for teachers and teaching assistants. Secondary school students often learn differently to younger students. This can require a different teaching approach.

On this course, you will learn how to support effective learning experiences in secondary schools, exploring the different ways secondary school students learn. You will also reflect on your own values and biases to improve your confidence and working practice.

By the end of the course you should feel more confident in your ability to support secondary school students.

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  • Week 1

    You and others

    • Welcome to Week 1

      Welcome to the course! In your first Steps, you'll meet your lead educator and your fellow learners, and find out what you'll be learning about over the next four weeks in Supporting Successful Learning in Secondary School.

    • Your point of view

      Understand more about how your values, beliefs and attitude can impact teaching and learning in school.

    • Bias in the classroom

      Over the next few Steps you'll find out how your unconscious bias may affect supporting learning in a classroom, and challenge these notions to better understand how to deal with them.

    • Types of teachers

      In the next few Steps you explore the use of metaphors to help you understand what type of educator you are and what skills you can develop to improve your working practices.

    • Review and reflect

      Reflect on the topics covered in Week 1, test your knowledge and find out what you'll be learning in Week 2.

  • Week 2

    How people learn

    • Welcome to Week 2

      Welcome to Week 2 where you'll explore how people learn. You'll start this Week off by hearing from students and their thoughts on school, and taking a brief look through a student's point of view in a classroom scenario.

    • Doing things differently

      Over the next few Steps you'll explore the fundamentals that are required for children to learn, and you'll take a closer look at the stages of development that underpin these principles.

    • More way than one way

      In this activity you'll discover there is more than one way that children learn in schools.

    • Expectations and fulfilling them

      How do students learn best? In this activity, you'll be reflecting on what you already know and what your expectations are of the students in order for learning to be successful.

    • Review and reflect

      Reflect on the topics covered in Week 2, test your knowledge and find out what you'll be learning in Week 3.

  • Week 3

    The environment for learning

    • Welcome to Week 3

      At the beginning of Week 3 of Supporting Successful Learning in Secondary School, find out what we mean by the learning environment in school and explore some of the common misconceptions that occur in the classroom.

    • Teaching in reality

      What makes the learning environment work? Hear from our teaching experts as they discuss what works for them, and explore the impact of how a simple change can make a difference through our case study: The cupboards.

    • Haydn scale

      At what point does behaviour in the classroom become an issue? Over the next few Steps explore the Haydn Scale - a tool that helps measure behaviour and the impact this has on teaching and learning.

    • Behaviour in the classroom

      How do you ensure a good working environment for learning? Explore how students' behaviour can affect this atmosphere and explore techniques that help overcome these challenges.

    • Review and reflect

      Reflect on the topics covered in Week 3, test your knowledge and find out what you'll be learning in Week 4.

  • Week 4

    Communication and language

    • Welcome to Week 4

      Welcome to the final Week of Supporting Successful Learning in Primary School. You're introduced to the topics for the Week and you'll explore what language means.

    • Communication

      In the next few Steps, hear from our teaching experts discuss language development and the skills required. You'll also explore the importance of communication and the impact on students who have communication difficulties.

    • Listening

      Listening may seem like a simple skill but if it's not done correctly it can impact a student's learning, well-being and development. Find out more in the next Steps how to improve your listening skills.

    • The right questions

      In this activity you'll be exploring the importance of asking the right question. Investigate the various types of questions, and find out what works and what doesn't to get the most out of supporting learning with students.

    • Review and reflect

      Thank you for joining us. In these final Steps, you'll reflect on the Week's topics and the course, test your knowledge, pose your questions to Helen and consider the next steps you may like to take.

Who is this accredited by?

The CPD Certification Service
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What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you‘ll be able to...

  • Demonstrate knowledge and confidence to work more effectively in supporting and teaching at secondary level.
  • Apply the course as a tool for teaching and classroom support.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the advice available to consider teaching as a career.

Who is the course for?

This course is ideal for teaching assistants in secondary schools. It will also be of interest to teachers returning to work, newly qualified teachers, unqualified staff, 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 in secondary schools. If you work in a primary school, you may like to join Supporting Successful Learning in Primary Schools.

Who will you learn with?

I am Professor of Outdoor Learning and Play at the University of Reading. I am also Director of the Postgraduate Certificate in Healthcare Education.

Who developed the course?

University of Reading

The University of Reading has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and enterprise.

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