Learning Outcomes:

  1. How we define working memory and an understanding of our memory processes
  2. Understanding the role of working memory as key to learning to read
  3. How deficits in working memory may present in all learners and how we may view this
  4. How learners working memory can be supported in the classroom, considering the role of the teacher and the learner
  5. Difference between short term interventions and longer term strategies
  6. How technology can be used to enhance learning

NEW FOR 2022!

27 January 2022: 1 pm – 4 pm

Dr Sarah Moseley

Working memory is crucial in how effectively pupils engage in learning activities.

The amount of working memory available can depend on many factors including emotional state; wellness; physical ability and levels of sensory input. Sarah will consider the important role of working memory in learning to read, identifying effective strategies to support and improve memory difficulties and reading.

This course extend’s Dr Sarah Moseley’s series of courses focused on teaching pupils with complex learning needs to read.  An important continuation in the series ‘Teaching Reading to ALL’; ‘The Foundations of Reading’ and ‘Teaching Phonics to ALL.’


1.00 pm Admission and virtual tea/coffee to start the session!

1:05 pm Introduction  and warm up activity

1.10 pm Session 1: How we define working memory and understanding our memory processes

In this first session, Sarah outlines what working memory is and its role in learning to read  including:

  • What is working memory?
  • The role of working memory in learning
  • The specific issues learners with complex needs experience with working memory and how this impacts their learning
  • How to recognise the traits and behaviours associated with poor working memory
Break out room activity: Think of a learner in your classroom who appears to have difficulty with working memory.   Consider how they present in class as a student and how these issues may impact both their progress and that of their classmates.

2.30 pm Coffee
2:45 pm Session 2: How learners working memory can be supported in the classroom

Next, Sarah considers how we can support the learner’s working memory in the classroom. This more practical session will include:

  • How to identify indicators of working memory difficulties and possible solutions for these
  • Teacher based strategies and resources to reduce learners cognitive load
  • How to support learners to develop awareness of when they need further support with memory
  • Resources to reduce stress and anxiety in the classroom
Chat task:  Discuss how you have supported a learner you know with their working memory.
3.15 pm Session 3: Wider strategies to support learners working memory: short term interventions and longer term strategies

In this final session, Sarah looks at wider strategies to support learners with their working memory.  This will include:

  • What should be included in a long term, planned approach?
  • Which short term interventions are best?
  • How to use technology to enhance working memory in learning to read
3.45pm Q and A
(Delegates to put questions in chat so that any unanswered live can be followed up after the session)
4 pm Thank you and goodbye!

Who should attend?

This will be appropriate for classroom practitioners from special schools and colleges, mainstream settings with specialist SEN provision and early years settings, who are working with pupils with complex learning needs and/or autism.


Each place costs £60 plus VAT (£72 in total.)


The following resources will be available in your account for one week after the course date: a digital recording of this event, any resources shared/signposted during the session and a transcript of Zoom chat.


If you wish to make a group booking for this course – we can do this quickly and easily for you! Please email a spreadsheet with the first name/surname/email addresses of the delegates you wish to book for. Email to lois@hirstwood.com. We will then create access to this course for your colleagues. A Purchase Order Number will secure your booking.

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Cost: £60 plus VAT per place

(£72 including VAT)