Location: England

I trained as a secondary maths teacher over 20 years, and worked in schools up until 2010.  At this point I moved into teaching maths in FE – I specialised in teaching basic skills maths and GCSE to those on the C/D border.  Wherever I worked there was a large number of children with undiagnosed learning difficulties in maths – SENCOs couldn’t often provide the specific support in schools and study skills tutors in FE didn’t either, which was why I felt it was important  to train as a specialist in this area.  

More recently I have been training teachers at an FE college, as well as providing private maths tuition both online and in person.  I currently offer private tuition for students with maths anxiety, maths learning difficulties, dyscalculia, or are just struggling to keep up with maths in school.  I provide initial screenings for support than design targeted programmes of learning that are based around a multisensory approach.  Students learn in a comfortable environment, without any pressure, using concrete materials, and learning this way means they thrive.

I also offer staff training for education staff on maths difficulties & Dyscalculia – identifying difficulties and supporting students.

In addition to my Level 7 SpLD-Dyscalculia qualification, I am a qualified teacher (QTS) and experienced SENCO.  I have been teaching children and young people with Dyscalculia and mathematical difficulties for over fifteen years. I teach both Maths and English from Reception Year upwards and have prepared many students for the 11+ and Common Entrance exam phases.

I use specialist assessments including the Feifer Assessment for Mathematics (FAM), Steve Chinn Anxiety questionnaire and Symbol Digit Modalities Test (SDMT) to form a picture of need and develop a teaching plan bespoke to each student’s individual learning needs. I ascertain the point at which a child’s learning progress is secure, and I work from there, building on understanding and progress as well as addressing any gaps in learning which in turn, leads to increased self-confidence in the student.

Incorporated within my teaching is the development of sound study skills which prepare them for exams in both the primary and secondary phases. I teach the skills and strategies required to support students in learning to answer exam questions and to develop greater confidence and speed. Within this work I include activities designed to ensure that pupils have developed the necessary mathematical vocabulary and reading skills to enable them to accurately read and understand mathematical word problems.

With twenty years’ experience of supporting children and young people with learning challenges in both State and Independent schools as well as tutoring, I have a wealth of knowledge of the strategies and pathways that support students to experience academic success and achieve increased self-confidence.

Over the years I have worked as a primary school teacher, lead maths teacher, supply teacher, teaching assistant, deputy head, childminder and mother of three children! During this time, I developed a passion for teaching maths and for encouraging a positive, confident attitude towards the subject. My desire to help children to understand and enjoy maths as much as possible led to me gaining Accredited Teacher Dyscalculia status with the British Dyslexia Association, and I now work solely providing maths tuition for primary school up to Year 7.
My tutoring is always tailored to the specific needs of each individual pupil and my aim is to increase enjoyment and confidence as well as ability!Before the first session, we will discuss any particular concerns, needs and expectations. The first session will then focus on assessing the pupil’s ability, to identify specific difficulties, gaps in knowledge, misconceptions and level of understanding. This will allow me to plan an appropriate program of multi-sensory learning, based on a Concrete, Pictorial, Abstract approach, incorporating a range of activities and games. Lessons can be face to face, or online via Zoom.

As a Dyslexia and Dyscalculia Specialist Assessor I assess and diagnose Dyslexia and Dyscalculia, as well as supporting dyslexic and dyscalculic learners through one-one tuition using multisensory teaching methods. I am a qualified teacher and have spent a number of years working with many learners with Specific Learning Difficulties as well as learners with other Special Educational Needs. I have experience teaching KS1-KS4 learners and adult learners in a private setting. My approach to teaching, learning and assessing is student centred and holistic. I always have my student’s interests at the forefront.

I am an experienced dyslexia and dyscalculia Teacher and Assessor. My background is in Primary Teaching and for several years I taught the whole primary age range. I retrained as a dyslexia specialist in 2010 and following that later as a dyscalculia specialist- initially to be able to further support individuals within my classroom and also my own children.

In 2012 I founded the Dyslexia Centre North West, where we offer support, specialist assessments and tuition across all age ranges. We work with ESENDI which is our school based and FE/HE service and team of Specialist Teachers, Educational Psychologists, Speech and Language Therapists, Occupational Therapists, Sensory Specialists and Pupil counsellors.

Our service offers online learning and accredited dyslexia and dyscalculia courses for professionals at dyslexia-academy.co.uk