Hilary is the Founder of Can Do and the Principal Trainer.
“I started teaching secretarial studies at a general FE college in the late 1980’s, but moved into corporate training for a few years. My return to FE in the 1990s saw me teaching students at Entry Level and above. This was a challenge but one which I enjoyed, with a determination to help students overcome their learning disabilities to help them to achieve. There was zero training in this area and I learned it all the hard way.”
Hilary was later appointed as a teaching and learning coach and this status within the college gave her a voice to fulfil her ambition to spread the word in-house.
Having co-ordinated a team of LSAs and being dedicated to find ways to manage classroom behaviour issues, Hilary was recruited to set up and manage a Behavioural Support team. This model led to her being approached to disseminate this good practice as the behaviour lead to other colleges via a government-funded project. From this platform Can Do Behaviour was born (2010).
After seeing the struggles of students with ADHD, Hilary made ‘reasonable adjustment’ to her own practice. She subsequently wrote a short book called “Meeting the Needs of Learners with ADHD in the Mainstream Classroom” which easily translated into a training programme. This is now an accredited programme of study at Level 2 and Level 3, on the QCF and accredited by OCN London.
Being around like-minded people is what makes her tick, Hilary is actively involved with #ukfechat on Twitter – join in on Thursdays at 9pm for questions, conversations and free CPD.
Hilary’s belief is that for many of the disengaged students that she’s worked with there is usually a different way to reach them. In her behaviour management training sessions you’ll see how.
Hilary presents the majority of the training for the behaviour and classroom management courses.
She is recognised as an Advanced Practitioner and passionate about Additional Learning Support, Hilary uses many methods to promote independent learning among disengaged students of all ages.
Hilary has spent many years teaching and supporting students such as: Looked After Children, youth offenders, lerning disabilities, mental health difficulties, ODD, BESD/SEMH, ADHD, Aspergers/Autism in a mainstreadm learning environment. She has an outstanding reputation for engaging "difficult" students as partners in their education.
Have a greater understanding of ADHD
Know how to make reasonable adjustment
Learn tactics to increase student motivation and engagement
Positive Behaviour Management