We have been looking at our own pilot data to check that the courses are having the intended impact.
The learning outcomes of the I Matter Foundation A Online course are as follows. Participants will:
Foundation A Course Feedback Results are as follows
Participants: To date, the Foundation A FULL online course has been trialled by parents and professionals within South Cumbria and Lancashire with the following roles and responsibilities:
Parents of autistic children (2)
Parents of adopted children (2)
Deputy Headteachers (1)
Class Teachers (5)
Teaching Assistants (5)
Post-Adoption Support Social Workers (5)
Clinical Psychologist (1)
To date, 21 out of 22 participants who have completed the full 20 hour 8 week online course felt that the learning outcomes had been definitely or mostly achieved. Here is some of the feedback from participants
Has the course help you achieve the learning outcomes
Definitely ...in my view course has absolutely achieved all the learning outcomes but for me in particular it has really challenged the impact my own attitudes and behaviours have on the well-being of the people around me .
Definitely.. all of the material constantly reinforces the understanding of how early trauma or other complexities impact on a child's emotional development and the way their brain processes information in the world around them.
Definitely..thanks very much for the course, it was really excellent, and I've noticed my practice is much improved with children with complex needs.
Who would benefit from this course?
My TA has signed up to do it. All the parents at a our school would benefit. Any parent My partner!!!!!
Every single person who works with children, not just complex children. It should be compulsory.
Would you recommend this course to your colleagues?
Yes definitely. I was already curious and emphatic towards all the children in my care but unfortunately all too often I see teachers or staff who are so stressed themselves or so controlling they forget to be curious about the children in their care and
Absolutely. I think it would be great if we were all singing from the same hymn sheet.
Would you recommend this course to parents?
Yes. Parents always come to us saying that their children are really badly behaved at home. I have noticed that some of the parents that we deal with have not had the secure relationships at home to be role models. If they were given support in understand perhaps this could change?
Would you recommend this course to parents of children with complex needs?
Yes, definitely. My work is all with adopted children and their families who are dealing with attachment difficulties and trauma. I think the model is empowering to parents and enables them to see they can change their responses and make a difference.
What was learning online like for you?
It has been better than I thought .The videos were really helpful in having, almost, face to face teaching to engage with.
I have really enjoyed this learning online. I have been able to take my learning at my own pace and go over sections that I don't feel I have fully understood. I really like the online system.
We introduced the Foundation A LITE Course recently to make the core content available to parents and very stretched professionals with a bit less intensive study requirements
Feedback on this shorter 10 hour course is just being gathered.
Feedback on the Easy Start I Matter Essentials Course has been as follows:
9 feedbacks completed to date from 3 parents and 6 professionals (however 3 professionals completing for personal reasons). Some were completing for professional development only, some due to state of crisis. They were living with children of all ages. All who completed felt it was very relevant and helpful to their role. When asked what they liked about the course, sample comments were as follows:
I just loved how it was all presented and everything. Thank you so much, It has really helped me, and it has really helped me understand my own children and most of all myself.
It made me reflect on the children's behaviour in my class and realise that they perhaps have more issues than I realised. It has given me the opportunity to re-evaluate the way that I should respond to these children.
Short clips which gave keys ideas. Useful having the sentence/ key idea on flip chart. My husband & I returned to the clips & talked over our thoughts - really useful to have a structure to our conversation when we were running out of ways forward.
I wish every parent could have access to this course as soon, or before they had children, I wish I had seen this years ago
Here are some summary reasons you should consider investing in I Matter Training
* The courses are designed to meet the universal needs of typical and complex, universal and targeted clients and professional services
* You and your staff will come to understand why taking care of personal well-being is one of the best ways of being effective in your important adult roles
* You and your staff will understand the significance of the parental role and the importance of parent-child attachments for educational and mental health outcomes
* You and your staff will have something immediate and practical to offer to parents to support parent education
* There is a structured plan for your school or service and clear steps to support staff and parent education to build understanding and skills over the longer run.
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