Training the trainers is not that easy. You probably know this.

Trainers have their specialist knowledge and skills – sometimes magic 100% learner engagement, and can drown in their sector knowledge.

So it’s not the most straightforward of tasks, asking them to reflect and think how they can improve their training even more.

Luckily, Neurodiversity Specialists’ latest cohort of trainers looking to develop their training were Equality, Diversity and Inclusion officers.

Critical reflection is what they do – all day, every day. And for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

They embraced the learning, even when Emma-tars took them into unusual video territory and talked about cardboard boxes and defibrillators. Discussion took intersectional barriers for neurodivergent learner engagement head on.  They named great examples of systemic, communicational, structural, organisational and attitudinal barriers and took down team cultures for being exclusionary in the way they structure team events/outings, even interactions.

To be honest, they were already well on their way of understanding neurodiversity and its teaching and learning implications. Still, by the end, they’d committed to further neuro-inclusion in their work and looked at how to influence leadership in changing age-old, hard-to-access communications to learners.

The session was a success:

‘Thank you so much, Emma, this was a great session and really helpful’.

And Neurodiversity Specialists is already in discussions for taking this training forward and setting new dates.

Exciting stuff.

Hope to see you soon.

The Emma-tars are waiting to meet you and to take you on a voyage of neuro-inclusion discovery

Emma A