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Simple and Effective Target Setting

Professional development (PD) Auckland, Hawke's Bay

Posted: 02 February 2018
Notice reference #: 1H9hMH

This day will explore the  of setting clear, concise and measurable learning intentions for pupils with autism and complex needs using the Goal Attainment Scale (GAS).  GAS will work alongside whatever assessment tools you use,  to accurately assess pupils progress towards learning intentions.

The day will be  practical,  hands on and delegates will have supporting resources to assist them back in school/ working context.

We will:

look at baseline sensory assessments.

unpack the GAS framework to write specific learning intentions, with identified and observable scaled outcome measurements, what success towards a learning intention looks like for a learner.  Progress is recorded onto a single sheet.

discuss how GAS is also a collaborative tool, with the capacity to ‘weight’ a learning intention and rank it in terms of priority for an individual.

make time to to write effective learning intentions for students you are currently working with

 Learning objectives

  • Introduction to sensory baseline assessments.
  • Write learning intention using the GAS framework.
  • An opportunity to re-write current intentions in the GAS format.
  • To scale the steps towards a goal into achievable learning intention.
  • To create a sensory approach to the curriculum to enable students to achieve their learning intentions.

 Target audience: Practitioners working with students who have special educational needs: Teachers, SENCOs, teacher aides, therapists, RTLBs and specialist teachers.

Richard Hirstwood from the UK is the founder and principal tutor of Hirstwood Training. His training courses have, and continue to be, experienced worldwide. His extensive experience is based on practical knowledge, giving him insight into what works and what doesn’t in multi sensory practice.

Events summary


03 May 2018 – 03 May 2018

Hawke's Bay

05 May 2018 – 05 May 2018

Further information

Contact: Julie King

 (O21) 101 0209