Thurrock focuses on ADHD
MORE than 70 practitioners from schools across the borough took part in a days training on understanding and managing ADHD, led by Colin Foley, training director at the ADHD Foundation.
The course covered what ADHD is and what it isn’t, how to recognise it in its different forms, co-morbidity and most importantly how to create an ADHD friendly classroom and practical, easy to implement strategies that can be used by teachers every day. Myths were dispelled, positives celebrated, and the latest ADHD research was explained.
One in 20 children are affected by the condition yet currently there is no compulsory training for teachers in the UK.
The course which usually costs around £175 per person was made possible by the fundraising efforts of a parent Claire Jones and a grant supplied by Thurrock CVS. Claire raised more than £3,000 by swimming 14km in the Thames securing enough money to train two local schools, one primary and one secondary and provide this borough wide course.
She will organise a similar course aimed at parents in November 2019.
Feedback from the course included: “I can’t begin to tell you how grateful I am that I was able to attend the course. It revolutionised my thinking about ADHD and gave me knowledge that I have already been sharing this morning. The information I gained has already helped staff understand the needs of children with ADHD. I am now a passionate advocate of everything I learnt on Friday and will do my very best to ensure my school is known as somewhere that supports children with ADHD and their parents too. It was one of the best training events I have ever had the privilege to attend. Thank you for your hard work to allow us to attend this amazing training free of charge!!!” Deputy Headteacher & Inclusion Manager
“Despite teaching for 9 years, I had a very basic awareness on ADHD. This course inspired and enlightened me. It gave me more of an awareness of the condition and an understanding of not only WHAT it is but WHY children with ADHD act the way they do. It gave me many ideas to use back in my classroom and I can’t wait to improve the lives of these children. Thank you.” Class Teacher
“The course was not only insightful but an amazing opportunity to share information across professions. The enthusiasm and energy in the room was remarkable. I do not doubt that you have received 100% positive feedback; it was an extremely honourable, much needed and worthwhile event!” ADHD Nurse
“I have been a SENCO for over 10 years and I have to say it was one of the most beneficial courses I have ever attended. Colin was an excellent facilitator and really interesting to listen to. I already feel it will have an enormous impact on my practice and therefore the staff and children.” SENCO
“I thought the training was fantastic and I now have a much better understanding of ADHD. I have come away with a huge amount of knowledge and ideas that can be put in place at school, to help children who have ADHD. Thank you for providing such a wonderful course.” Learning Support Assistant
Any school interested in receiving this training in house should contact Colin Foley Colin.Foley@adhdfoundation.org.uk