We recently received a wonderful Clicker success story from Marianne Baird who is the Assistant Headteacher and SENCo at Sunny Bank Primary School.
She decided to invest after hearing how successful it’s been for pupils in other schools.
Sunny Bank use Clicker in lots of innovative ways to help their SEN learners and Marianne wanted to share with us the transformative results, including a big boost in confidence, improvements in social and emotional wellbeing, and major barriers to writing being broken down.
“The word banks are definitely one of our favourite features of Clicker. We like that we can provide children with access to higher level vocabulary that’s perhaps out of their normal skill set. We’re also trying to broaden the kind of activities children are exposed to with Clicker. For example, we use the different Clicker Sets for sentence openers and closing activities, and for the lower ability children we look at phonemes and graphemes to help them with the middle and end sounds in words.
One of our year 6 pupils has really benefitted from Clicker. They have some social and emotional difficulties, particularly linked to lockdown, and we found that when this pupil returned to school, they were quite often leaving the classroom – and writing was a trigger for it.
We discovered they had lost a lot of confidence because they hadn’t practised their handwriting and even their writing stamina had decreased, but once they started using Clicker, they started to see themselves as a writer again.
This pupil went from refusing to write to re-engaging with the curriculum, producing five or six sentences during their lessons and showing a great deal of pride in their work, because they had that alternative method to record their ideas with Clicker.
For me, the best thing about Clicker is that it boosts children’s confidence and allows them to see themselves as writers.”
To read the full story, click here.