Goal Setting

Goal Setting


Simple and Effective Goal Setting

How to use Goal Attainment Scaling in your classroom/learning environment

When: 3rd May 2018

Where: Sir Keith Park School, Auckland

Time: 9.00-3.30


When: 5th May 2018

Where: Kennedy Park Resort, 11 Storkey Street, Marewa, Napier

Time: 9.00-3.30

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About the workshop:

This day will explore the issue of setting clear, concise and measurable learning intentions for students with autism and complex needs.  However your curriculum is designed and whatever assessment tools you use, Goal Attainment Scaling (GAS) is a powerful tool which will work alongside this to accurately assess pupils progress towards learning intentions.

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

We begin by looking at baseline sensory assessments and Richard will share different examples and formats for these.

We then move on to the GAS framework to write very specific learning intentions, with identified and observable scaled outcome measurements, which ensures that all practitioners understand what success towards a learning intention looks like for a learner.  Progress is recorded onto a single sheet which can be quickly shared with colleagues and parents.

GAS is also a collaborative tool, with the capacity to ‘weight’ a learning intention and rank it in terms of priority for an individual, which multidisciplinary teams will find invaluable.  There will be opportunities throughout the day to work with other delegates and experience this process.

There will be the opportunity during the day to write effective learning intentions for students you are currently working with, and to discuss these collaboratively with colleagues/other delegates. We will spend some time looking at the New Zealand Key Competencies Pathway and will show examples of writing concise learning intentions using this as a guiding document. 

Richard will also share many different sensory ideas and strategies so that you leave with not only learning intentions written using the GAS framework, but also the basis for a sensory approach to the curriculum, which will work towards these learning intentions.

Learning objectives

  • An introduction to sensory baseline assessments.
  • A detailed look at the GAS framework and how to write learning intentions in this format.
  • An opportunity to re-write current intentions in the GAS format.
  • How to scale the steps towards a goal into achievable learning intentions.
  • How a multidisciplinary team can identify and prioritise learning intentions.
  • How to create a sensory approach to the curriculum to enable pupils 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.

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3rd May 2018


Kennedy Park Resort, Storkey Street, Napier
5th May 2018