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The engagement model: looking differently at learners with complex needs


25/09/2020 09:30







As part of our organisational response to the COVID-19 virus, Children in Scotland has adapted our training and events programme to a digital webinar format for the foreseeable future.

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About this event

This training will present the engagement model as a form of personalised learning. It will shift the emphasis away from the learner's interests as a way of personalising learning and, instead, will look at the particular way(s) they engage. You will explore how to analyse what is happening when learners are engaged, and how the information gained from this can then be used to motivate these learners in other contexts.

Key learning:

  • Understanding the different elements within the engagement model that will assist in analysing how an individual engages.
  • Understanding the difficulties faced by those who find it hard to engage in learning.
  • Understanding the long-term nature of personalised support.
  • Using case studies to practise developing the model of engagement.
  • Key strategies for developing a learning plan, using the ways the student has engaged in activities.

Facilitator bio

Lindsay Graham has over 15 years experience of working in learning disability. She has worked to support those with additional needs in independent living and in employment. However, for the last 10 years she has been working in education provision for young adults with complex needs, creating learning plans and resources, as well as training staff in teaching and learning strategies.

She has worked both in Scotland and internationally, in India, where she worked with families to develop learning plans, and with local NGOs and schools in training staff and raising awareness of learning disability. Lindsay is currently Education Consultant with Your Learning Ability –


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