LON02/05/18 How to Help Learners with Verbal Memory Difficulties

Date: 02/05/2018

Location: Ambassadors, Bloomsbury London

Price (per person): Members £155, Non-members £185

7 Spaces Remaining

LON02/05/18 How to Help Learners with Verbal Memory Difficulties

Location: London 

Presenter: Lesley Burnett and Sharon Goldie

Booking Ref: LON02/05/18

Day of Week: Wednesday

Course Times: 10.00am to 4.15pm (registration from 9.30am)

Link to Venue: Ambassadors Hotel, Bloomsbury 

Course Description

Memory difficulties are a barrier to learning and are a key deficit in many Specific Learning Difficulties, including dyslexia. 

Verbal memory difficulties (especially working memory problems) have a marked impact on both life and learning, affecting the acquisition of Maths and Literacy skills as well as on organisation and concentration. Memory difficulties also make learning hard work and can contribute to poor motivation and low self-esteem.

It is therefore essential for teachers and assessors to know how to recognise the signs of memory difficulties and, if these are suspected, what assessments are appropriate. For teachers this will also help in their interpretation of assessment reports, while assessors will find it helpful to reflect on the assessment process when assessing memory difficulties. Most significantly, practitioners need to be aware of strategies that the learner can employ to support their memory and also which teaching approaches will be most effective.

The day will:

  • Explain various aspects of verbal memory, including sequential, short-term and working memory, and recent research will be briefly discussed.
  • Explore through discussion, activities and case studies, the impact of memory difficulties on life and learning.
  • Include a session on memory assessment using the TOMAL-2.  NB There will only be time for a brief overview of the aspects of verbal memory covered by this test.
  • Explore and share ideas for how to support those with memory difficulties in both primary and secondary school through the use of real examples and case studies.
  • Explore how to make recommendations in assessment reports for those found to have memory difficulties.

Course Outcome

  • Clarify what is meant by verbal memory difficulties
  • Explore the impact of memory problems on learning
  • Describe how to recognise and test for verbal memory difficulties
  • Give delegates suggestions for support and intervention


No pre-requisites, in terms of qualifications, or resources are needed.


Open to anyone who works with or assesses learners with Specific Learning Difficulties.

Target Audience

Teachers, SENCos, specialist teachers and assessors who work with learners who have Specific Learning Difficulties. This course is suitable for those working in both Primary and Secondary schools.


Lesley Burnett

Lesley has 40 years’ experience of working in education. She has been a teacher, SENCo and Deputy Head and has also worked as an advisory specialist teacher in both Primary and Secondary schools for East Sussex LA. From 2009 to 2011, Lesley was the Postgraduate Programme Director for Dyslexia Action, leading a team of 45 tutors in developing and delivering the Postgraduate Certificate and Diploma courses for teachers under the Rose Review funding.

Lesley now works as an independent dyslexia/SpLD specialist and consultant and divides her time between carrying out diagnostic assessments (including those for DSAs), training teachers, advising in schools, specialist teaching, speaking about dyslexia and writing. She is particularly interested in the effect of Specific Learning Difficulties on self-esteem, motivation and learning.

Sharon Goldie

Sharon has worked in the field of Special Educational Needs for over 30 years. She worked as a SENCo in various comprehensive schools for 22 years. Passionate about helping dyslexic students to achieve their learning potential through the use of assistive technology, she joined iansyst Ltd as a dyslexia consultant. Her role included delivering seminars and workshops to Schools, Colleges and Universities across the UK on matching software to individual needs and how to apply it in both a teaching and learning capacity. She now works privately as a dyslexia support tutor in several universities across the Midlands including the Open University. She holds a Post Graduate certificate in Dyslexia, OCR Certificate in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia), has trained in Clean Language, Mindfulness and is also an NLP Trainer.