Tag: I prefer to work with children in KS2 & KS3 agre group

I am a Specialist Dyscalculia Teacher with a PGCE in Dyscalculia from Edge Hill University. I’ve been a primary teacher for over 25 years. I taught in schools for around 18 years and then left the classroom to go into private tuition, specialising in pupils with SEN. As I personally struggled with maths as a child, I really enjoy working with pupils with maths difficulties. I strongly believe in making maths lessons as stress-free as possible and use multi-sensory techniques and resources to help build confidence and a positive attitude to maths.

I am a trained Dyscalculia and Dyslexia Tutor. I qualified with the BDA Level 5 in Dyscalculia at Christmas and did my SpLD Level 5 training at Helen Arkell in 2012. My work is from my Cabin in the garden in Lymington. I support a variety of pupils some with other co-occurring difficulties. I have worked in two different independent schools, one where I was supporting from Year R to Y 11 and the other from Y3 to Y8.

I am Montessori Trained for the Nursery level, but use the methodology and apparatus to integrate into my multi-sensory learning style. I am going to do my Level 7 later this year or early next year depending on the University I choose.

I started my career as a primary school teacher and decided to complete a  MA in Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia) when my daughter was diagnosed with dyslexia. Recently, I completed a Level 7 course in Dyscalculia to enabled me to assess for dyscalculia.  For the last 5 years I have worked as a specialist teacher in the senior division of a selective independent school providing literacy and numeracy support for students in the school aged 11-16 years who have specific learning difficulties, ADHD and/or ASD.

I provide dyscalculia assessments for students aged 8 years – 14 years in Fyfield, Essex.

I am qualified to assess children for dyscalculia (age 8 years to 15 years 11 months). I can also diagnose dyslexia (age 8 upwards) and ADHD (at post 16). I hold an Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) and professional membership of PATOSS.

I am a qualified teacher with vast teaching experience, including 7 years as a school SENCO. Between April 2018 and Dec 2020, I was Head of Assessment, Education and Training at the British Dyslexia Association (BDA). My current role is Learning Support Services Manager for West Berkshire Local Authority. In addition I write and deliver training for PATOSS.

Having qualified as a teacher in 1995, I spent 17 years teaching across the whole of the primary age range (Early Years to Year 6). I then attained specialist teacher and assessor status for children with dyslexia in 2012 and became an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA).

Since this time I have worked in Learning Support departments in Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire, supporting children across KS 2-4 with specific difficulties in both literacy and numeracy.

In 2018 I gained my Post Graduate Certificate in Dyscalculia with Distinction and was granted an Assessment Practising Certificate and Approved Teacher Status Dyscalculia. This qualifies me as one of the first specialist teacher assessors for children with dyscalculia in the country. Having Level 7 qualifications in both dyslexia and dyscalculia is seen as the “gold standard” for assessing dyscalculia (Peter Jarrett, Chair of the British Dyslexia Association’s Dyscalculia and Maths Difficulties Committee).

My current teaching role involves supporting children with dyscalculia through the use of a structured, multisensory teaching program. I am involved with staff training, both internally and within the local community of schools, and have run dyscalculia INSET at schools across the South East of England.