Accelerating Year 7 Catch-up

Empowering Learning™ Practitioners have extensive experience of working with students and adults. Drawing on this experience and the current research they are undertaking, practitioners believe that Year 7 students can significantly accelerate their progress in a number of ways.

  1. Year 7 is a great opportunity for introducing a new process to students.  Most have just moved from primary school and they are open to learning new skills.
  2. Many have really exceptional skills, which are visual in nature.  For example, many have the ability to recall how to put things together, be creative, be able to see a 2D map in 3D or be able to rotate images. These are exceptional skills, which can be channelled to help the students improve their literacy and numeracy.
  3. 100% of the students who struggle with literacy have not moved on from phonics to word recognition, the skill that is essential for fluent reading and spelling. Word recognition is quick and easy to teach and accelerates all phonic work.  Phonics are needed for new words. Once you have seen a word 2-3 time, you should transfer to word recognition.  Students struggling in Year 7 have seen the same word hundreds of times!
  4. Visualising words is essential for a language like English that has dozens of homophones (words that sound the same but are spelt differently), silent letters and a number of other anomalies that make English that much more complicated to excel in. A language like Spanish is much easier to master as it is almost purely phonetic.
  5. Many students get very stressed about literacy and numeracy, resulting in letters and numbers moving on the page. You can, however,  teach someone to gain control over their visual memory. This will accelerate their reading progress in minutes – reducing all their visual stress.
  6. 100% of students who struggle with mathematics are not visualising numbers, which is essential for mental arithmetic and a foundation of good numeracy.

There is considerable research to back up these experiences. (Research papers)

People trained by Empowering Learning™ become experts in how people learn visually, which is part of the National Curriculum, but there is no such training given to teachers.  Teacher training includes how to teach visually but not how a child learns visually. The Learning Coaches trained in the processes of visual learning are an invaluable support to schools to accelerate their programmes.

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