Clicker Success Stories

Colindale Primary School

Suzanne Lazarus shares how Colindale are using Clicker 7 to develop literacy skills across the school.

"I think if I was to sum up the impact Clicker 7 has on learning in our school, I’d say that Clicker makes writing a fun, exciting and accessible experience for everyone, including reluctant and struggling writers. I would really urge other schools to consider using Clicker as their word processor of choice – it’s designed for children after all!"

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Willow Dene Special School 

This video was recorded at Willow Dene School, where they are using Clicker extensively to help pupils access the curriculum and find their voice..

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Ark Schools Network

Sally Bouwman tells us why she actively promotes the use of Clicker in all 19 Ark primary schools:

"We have found Clicker to be one of the most powerful assistive technology tools to implement in the primary setting with children experiencing reading and writing difficulties. The program addresses a lot of key areas and is particularly effective when used to support reluctant writers and children with weak writing stamina."

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Harpenden Academy 

Using Clicker to motivate reluctant writers and help pupils with dyslexia overcome spelling difficulties.

“The key outcomes I have witnessed since the pupils have been using Clicker are that they seem to be much more engaged, focussed and willing to persevere even if they find the task difficult. They incorporate more relevant and interesting vocabulary in their written work, and use punctuation much more consistently than when using a pencil and paper.”

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Highfield School 

Highfield School is a Foundation Special School designated for learners in the 11-19 year old age group. Elaine Blake tells us about the Clicker Expert Trainers Group her students have set up.

"The students have gained an enormous amount from this project. Not only has it helped them to develop various functional skills themselves, but it’s been really motivating for them to teach their teachers something! Their confidence has really increased too...…"

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Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn Special School 

The school’s Young Enterprise Group have used Clicker to create an interactive storybook of ‘Jack and the Beanstalk’.

The money raised from sales of the printed version of the book will go to Tŷ Hafan, one of the UK’s leading paediatric palliative care charities. Clicker users can download a free copy of the talking book…

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Explore Learning Tuition Centres

Carey Ann highlights the impact that Clicker Phonics, Trackers and Oxford Reading Tree for Clicker are having on learner outcomes in their tuition centres.

"Clicker Phonics is the perfect solution for supporting the phonics development of the varied individuals we work with...I love that we can have all our children using the same program, but all working at the different levels appropriate to them and their needs..."

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University of Roehampton - Teacher Training

Emily's trainees used Clicker during their 'Connecting Worlds' module, which involved setting up a cross-curricular project and incorporating technology to support and engage their pupils.

"The children were motivated by using Clicker and really responded to creative activities that could be tailored to their interests. I was also really impressed by the ease with which the students were able to differentiate activities for the different learning needs within their groups..."

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Kelvin Hall Secondary School 

Jon Hickman tells us how he has been using Clicker and the Clicker Apps to help EAL students and learners with special needs access the science curriculum.

"The outcomes have been very positive – all of the children have demonstrated significantly improved literacy skills, and overall attainment has improved by a least a couple of sub-levels per child. Their work is much easier to read and they are able to get their ideas down much more quickly, and achieve a lot more within the time frame of a lesson. What’s really important is that with the help of Clicker, they are encouraged to use that key subject-specific vocabulary in context and produced more detailed explanations."

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Cheddar Grove Primary School

Cheddar Grove Primary School 

Katherine Field shares how the school's LSAs have been using Clicker in their 1:1 literacy intervention sessions.

"The children really look forward to creating books about their own ideas, which I then print off and laminate for them to take home. One of the features that I really applaud is the ability for children to take photos via their webcams and actually feature in their own stories, using their own words. They get genuinely excited by this."

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Ysgol Pen-y-Bryn Special School 

The school’s Sixth Form Enterprise Group have used Clicker to create an interactive storybook of ‘Alice in Wonderland’.

The money raised from sales of the printed version of the book will go to Bobath Wales, a Cerebral Palsy support charity. Clicker users can download a free copy of the talking book…

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Silverdale Primary School

Silverdale Primary School 

Rob Smith talks about how Silverdale are using Clicker to support pupils with special educational needs.

“What I really like about Clicker is that whatever a child’s ability, features like the speech feedback, the predictor and the word banks enable them to get their ideas down on the page, and actively encourage them to proof their own work…Every child I have used Clicker with produces work of greater quantity and a higher quality now that this support is in place.”

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Wellfield Infant and Nursery School

Wellfield Infant and Nursery School 

Denise O’Connor tells us how she is using Clicker to support the Hickey teaching method, a multi-sensory phonic approach used to help children build their reading and writing skills.

“When using assistive technology in class, flexibility is key. You can add any content into Clicker, so I am able to really easily create activities focussed purely on the key sounds or letter patterns we have been working on.”

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Burrowmoor Primary School

Burrowmoor Primary School 

Laura Walker’s school used some of their Pupil Premium funding to invest in Clicker. They are using it across the school and across the curriculum to support writing.

“Whether you have a pupil really struggling at the sentence level or a high achiever you want to push, Clicker can be tailored to provide them with the particular support they need, not only in literacy but across the curriculum, which makes it excellent value for money. Our pupils have not only become better writers, but more engaged and confident ones.”

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Hollyfield Primary School

Hollyfield Primary School 

Becky Bisseker has primarily been using Clicker to develop the literacy skills and confidence of a group of reluctant / struggling writers in Year 4.

“The way in which Clicker engages these pupils is vital. Those that had been finding writing difficult had started to actively dislike writing, which was having a knock-on effect on their behaviour in class. With Clicker they are genuinely happy and excited to write, and as a result are both working and behaving better.”

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St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School

St Hugh’s Catholic Primary School 

Lucy McGee shares her experiences of using Clicker to help struggling writers produce work more independently.

“Clicker has transformed my life as an SEN Teacher. I have been using Clicker since last September and I have found it to be amazing both for producing resources and as a learning tool for my pupils!”

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Jacquelyn Criger - Assistive Technology Specialist

Jacquelyn Criger - Assistive Technology Specialist 

Jacquelyn has provided some amazing ‘before and after’ examples of a student’s work to show us just how much of an impact Clicker has had on his writing.

“We were looking for a way he could better express his ideas in writing after [his teachers] told me that when he speaks, no one would ever guess that he has a disability.  But, when he writes, it’s a different story. Of course, I suggested we consider using Clicker…”

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Highfurlong School

Highfurlong School 

Erica Walwyn tells us about using Clicker with a Glidepad to support George, a 9 year old pupil with Athetoid Cerebral Palsy.

“Because of Clicker, George can now participate in the recording of his work as opposed to having someone type for him. To record text George uses picture banks with sentences behind to relay information he has learnt.”

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 Fiona Tyler – mother of Becky, aged 9

Fiona Tyler – mother of Becky, aged 9 

Fiona Tyler’s daughter has severe Athetoid Cerebral Palsy. She has been using Clicker with a Tobii eye tracker.

“Becky has always been creative and shown a strong interest in making pictures and doing arts & crafts, but had never been able to do any of it independently.  Once she started using her Tobii device with Clicker, we were in for a lovely surprise! We have since been blessed with many beautiful pictures from her, thanks to Clicker!”

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Drake Music

Drake Music 

Jonathan Westrup explains how his organisation has been using Clicker resources as part of an ‘Introduction to Music’ course designed for students with disabilities.

“Like many teenagers his age, Bradley Warwick is passionate about music. In this sense he is unremarkable; however, in 2010 he became the first student to pilot Drake Music’s Introduction to Music course…Bradley’s success is especially significant because he has Cerebral Palsy and uses an electronic VOCA to speak. Historically, very few students who face such disabling barriers to music have had access to a formal music education; fewer still have achieved an accredited outcome…”

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Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
and Bracknell Forest Borough Council
 

Warren Oldreive and Mary Waight are using Clicker in a very unique way to make complex information more accessible to adults with learning difficulties.

“One gentleman that has benefited from the program is almost blind, but the auditory prompts in Clicker enabled him to use the program to sign the tenancy agreement for his own home independently. Another lady was supported to understand a book of information given to her by the police following an alleged assault. The Clicker CADI program helped her to understand the vital information that the police had provided.”

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Bernard Ashton – father of Benjamin, aged 13

Bernard Ashton – father of Benjamin, aged 13 

Bernard has been using Clicker to help his son develop his literacy skills. Benjamin has Downs Syndrome.

“Clicker has enabled us to provide Benjamin with a tool that is allowing him to start to easily produce meaningful sentences. He can now print out his sentences and use them in other work. We expect Clicker to make all the difference to Benjamin’s literacy levels as he will be able to concentrate on constructing sentences with words instead of spending a lot of valuable patience forming the words himself using pen and paper.”

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Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust and Bracknell Forest Borough Council

Ewing Foundation

Education Consultant Joyce Sewell-Rutter supports professionals who work with deaf children with additional learning needs. Joyce has been sharing some of the Clicker success stories she has come across.

“We are often overprotective of children with a hearing loss and in danger of lowering our expectations of them. Clicker allows the children to work on their own and take ownership of their learning. It’s easy and so flexible to use, a really great motivator and, above all, provides fantastic learning support to the pupils I work with.”

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