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'Super Learning' clinches success


20/10/2008 :: Northern Ireland :: The Irish News

A programme of 'Super Learning Days' run by a teacher has won Oakwood Integrated Primary School a Northern Ireland Training Award.

The award, which recognises outstanding achievement and success through training, was presented to the Belfast school at a gala ceremony.

On Super Learning Days, children come off-timetable to participate in motivational fun activities which help them find out what kind of intelligences they have and help to identify whether they learn best by seeing, hearing or doing.

As a result, the number of children achieving level five - the highest outcome for primary children at Key Stage Two - has far outstripped predictions.

"The programme encapsulated our vision by enabling parent governors, parents, teachers and classroom assistants to collaborate to raise children's achievement," teacher and organiser Alan Lewis said.

"The staff learned about Super Learning Days at a workshop on brain-based learning.

"Other activities allowed staff to explore their learning preferences.

"One demonstrated how using listening, speaking, visualising and doing participants could learn to count to ten in Japanese in five minutes."

Congratulating the school, employment and learning minister Sir Reg Empey said the programme had created a more exciting and dynamic learning environment which had a dramatic effect on pupil performance.


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