Training and Courses

Left Handed Children – The Right Way to Help!

Aims:

“The course is a practical session looking at and trying out various tasks using both hands with a view to raising awareness of potential difficulties faced by left-handed children and the simple strategies that can be used to help them, with particular emphasis on handwriting”

For:

Teachers, Trainee Teachers, Teaching Assistants, Parents, Childminders, Early Years Groups.

Course content:

Introduction

Background

How left-handed are you? Laterality tests!

The difference between right and left-handed scissors, and useful tips.

Handwriting: problems and techniques to overcome them, particularly smudging.

Various left-handed items to try out, ie Rulers, pencil sharpeners, pens.

Those attending will be able to try out various products and practise a range of skills left-handed!

Attendees will receive handouts at end of session.

Outcomes:

Improved handwriting for your left-handed children, leading to speedier and unsmudged writing for better presentation with increased self esteem and marks.

Understanding of potential classroom difficulties leading to EQUAL opportunity for both right and left-handed children with greater chance to achieve full academic potential.

Duration: One and 1/2 Hours

Cost: £100 + mileage + vat

(for venues over 50 miles from Worcester, please contact us to dicsuss )

Contact us now to book!

Tutor Profile

Mark Stewart is the proprietor of “Left n Write” in Worcester and has a left-handed son. He produced a TTA-endorsed video “Left-Handed Children – A Guide for Teachers and Parent” which was distributed to all the teacher-training colleges in England. A question was raised about it in the House of Commons in January 1999. (http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm199899/cmhansrd/vo990114/debtext/90114-04.htm#90114-04_wqn0)

Along with his wife Heather, he has co-written the “Left Hand Writing Skills” set of 3 Handwriting practice books and designed a “Writewell” mat. In August 2016, he co-authored “So You Think They’re Left-Handed?”, a book of discovery or confirmation for parents, carers and Early years practitioners designed to confirm the laterality of a child aged 2 to 4. Includes 16 pages of Pencil activities and 16 pages of Scissor activities.

He has given his workshop to such groups as Childminders, Early Years Practitioners, LEA training groups, Private and State schools over the past 18 years. His training guidelines have been endorsed by the Department for Education and Skills and have been incorporated into The National Literacy Strategy.

He has featured on BBC1’s “Really Useful Show”, BBC1’s Midlands Today, Radio 4’s “In Touch” programme, Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester, BBC Radio Wm amongst other.

Testimonials

“Headteachers / Teachers /Schools….don’t get LEFT in the dark any longer about the issues surrounding your left-handed pupils. They are more prevalent than you think. They are more urgent than you think. They are more critical to the future of our children than you think.

Thanks to Mark Stewart at Left ‘n ‘Write, the staff at Cherry Orchard Primary School were given awake-up call about the needs of one of our hidden vulnerable groups -left-handed pupils. With thought-provoking facts and statistics, practical activities that put you in the shoes (or hands) of our pupils in the classroom (as well as making you re-evaluate what you might have thought you knew about yourself!) and a wide offering of hints, tips and immediate strategies borne out of years of personal experience, this was one of the most useful 60mins of CPD we have had for a long time.

Mark is a warm and personable presenter…yet his messages are clear and deserve to be heard. Do the right thing…think left.”

Lee Card Deputy Head Teacher, Cherry Orchard Primary School

“It was a very informative and practical session, very much appreciated. The Head was very impressed and I know that the recommendations and resources that you have showed us will be of great benefit to the children, practically straight away.”

Naomi Whitaker SENCO Colston’s School, Bristol.

“Mark Stewart has a comprehensive understanding of the frustrations faced by left-handed learners, and of the steps needed to address their needs. He speaks in a very accessible way, offering insights and practical strategies which are based upon common sense and equally accessible to staff and parents. The hour session he delivered to our staff was hugely worthwhile and is having an impact upon the way we plan lessons, do seating plans, and resource the teaching aids for pupils’ use. I thoroughly recommend him as a speaker for any school, primary or secondary.”

Stephen Morris, Headmaster, The Cathedral School, Cardiff.

“On behalf of the staff at Crown Meadow School, I should like to thank you for an excellent, practical workshop on “left handedness”. Everyone enjoyed it and came away feeling that they had a better awareness of the problems that children who are left handed face along with lots of ideas on how to address the children’s needs in order for them to achieve their full potential. Teachers have already made adjustments to their classrooms to support the children for when they come into school this morning.”

Janette Morris – Head.

“Your professional style, and clear delivery was very much appreciated by the participants. Your obvious commitment to helping left-handed children in their learning gave encouragement and awareness to parents and teachers alike.”

Maureen Saunders, Early Childhood Organisation, University College, Worcester

“The students told me how useful they’d found the session and there was a general feeling that it ought to be more of a mainstream feature in the course next year. Clearly very worthwhile”

Roger White, PGCE Course Faculty of Education, Bristol

“Just to say thank you again for the wonderful training this week. Everyone has commented on how much they had learnt and we all had a lot of fun too. There is a lot for me to implement, but it is all easily achievable and my aim is that we will be’ Left and Right handed Friendly’ by the end of it. I shall definitely be recommending the course to others.”

Catherine Bowdler and staff at Quarry Bank Primary School, Dudley