Celebrating Young people
Lamari and Jelani who are students at a secondary school in Lambeth, have been awarded Student of the Month for supporting fellow students with their equipment in school and acting as ambassadors for CENMAC.
Ms D Robinson, a Specialist Speech and Language Assistant had this to say:
‘Two of our Year 11 students Lamari and Jelani, led an information session to help encourage and advise a group of seven Year 9 students who have or are awaiting CENMAC technology. We aim for our Year 9 CENMAC students to begin to use this technology more consistently in their English and History lessons.
These students used their equipment to demonstrate how CENMAC can be used in lessons. They showed the group their equipment including accessories and a carry case. They explained how it has enhanced their learning and enabled them to improve the quality and content of their written work as well as being able to access information quickly in the lesson to organise and support their learning.
The group of Year 9’s listened intently whilst both boys spoke about the benefits of using this in their lessons. They were able to explain how to get around charging the device in lessons, how to organise their subjects in their Google Drive, and how to use the brainstorming software to organise and plan their written work.
Year 9 were given the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the talk. Some of the questions were very practical and some more personal: for example, ‘how do other students respond when you first start using the equipment in class’.
It was so helpful to have these questions answered directly by students who have actually used Assisted Technology for some time and experienced how others may react in the learning setting. One response was ” Oh, I just tell them I use it as I have dyslexia and it helps me to do my work”
The other students replied, ‘no one really asks’.
The students were able to discuss how to respond to others asking to use their equipment, how to look after it, and storing it safely during PE or playtime.
Along with helping to support the Year 9 and showing them how Assisted Technology can aid their learning, this was a valuable session for our two Year 11 students, who both have Speech, Language and Communication needs. This was an opportunity to help them feel confident and comfortable talking to others who may be unfamiliar to them: which is excellent practice for upcoming interviews for their Further Education. Our Year 11 boys came out of that session feeling proud and confident that although they were nervous about talking to others and answering questions, they managed it really well and did an amazing job.
They both have mentioned they will be happy to do this again to other students who may be using Assisted Technology in the future. They also offered to help with problem solving and finding solutions if anyone needed help.
I am extremely proud of the boys and their achievements.
Thank you to the CENMAC Team for making this possible for our students and enabling them to meet their full potential throughout their education.’
The whole CENMAC team are very proud of Lamari and Jelani. Well done on this great achievement.