Tag: Primary

I am a mother to four children, two girls aged 17 and 15 and boy/girl twins aged 10. Before children, I was a class teacher working with children aged 9-11 years. My first job was in a primary school teaching a mixed Year 5/6 class.  I then taught in an independent school in the preparatory department, preparing pupils for their Common Entrance Exams, whilst continuing to follow the Froebelian philosophy of learning through play, nature and the outdoors.  In 2000, I moved to Cameron House School in Chelsea, where I spent 20 very happy and fulfilling years. I began as the Class 5 teacher and then moved into the SEN department, where I haven’t looked back! I have spent the last 15 years teaching a range of children from Year 1 to Year 6 who struggle in all areas of literacy and maths. I have experience with teaching children with a range of learning difficulties, but specifically dyslexia and dyscalculia. I teach children on a one to one basis, following structured, cumulative and multisensory schemes based on many years of training.

My training in dyscalculia began in 2009 with an intensive hands on, practical course based on the work of Dorian Yeo and led by Jane Emerson and Ronit Bird. Here I learnt about multi sensory methods in teaching mathematics, with particular focus on the use of the Cuisenaire Rods. This course has formed the foundation of all my teaching and I apply the methods and philosophy all these years on. To assess my children, I use a range of screening materials including ‘The Dyscalculia Assessment’ by Jane Emerson, the Dynamo Maths Profiler and DANS, the diagnostic assessment recently created by Sarah Wedderburn of Unicorn Maths.

I have trained in the Unicorn Maths methodology and attended courses led by Sarah Wedderburn. The core principle of teaching maths concepts through fun games in a structured, cumulative way is a method I retain in all my teaching. I use the Dynamo Maths Program and have implemented its use within the classroom to provide intervention for pupils with gaps in their mathematical knowledge. I have trained staff and raised awareness of dyscalculia through INSET training.

My training also includes Learning Works ‘Overcoming Barriers to Mathematics’ run by the late Fil Came, with lecturers Alison Shorrock, Sarah Wedderburn and Stefanie Burke. I have also attended the Learning Works 9th and 6th National Conference on Dyscalculia and Maths Learning difficulties.

I would love to be able to contribute my skills and expertise to the Dyscalculia Network, where I can be part of a community that is as passionate as I am. From first hand experience, I have witnessed children’s capabilities and confidence in maths transform through simply employing different methods to the conventional ones often used.  I take time to fully assess each child in order to develop a detailed and accurate map of concepts that are secure and those that need to be further developed. I write bespoke Individual Maths Plans to target any areas of difficulty and work very closely with parents to ensure maximum progress and continuity.

I passed the PGCE (Dyscalculia) Edge Hill course last year and am now taking the PG Dip leading to AMBDA.   I’ve run the Southampton Tuition Centre since 2010 which offers English, Maths and Science tuition after school and Saturdays.

I have recently qualified as a Specialist Dyscalculia teacher & assessor, as well as a Specialist Dyslexia teacher too.

I believe passionately that every child has the potential to achieve academic success. Specialist teachers can be hugely  instrumental in ensuring that the potential of children experiencing learning difficulties is harnessed. 

An experienced and dedicated teacher, with a strong commitment to SpLD provision, I provide focused lessons that aim to develop children’s understanding and enjoyment of subjects they find challenging. Within my role as an SpLD tutor, I teach children who have been diagnosed with dyscalculia and / or dyslexia or who are experiencing difficulties within these areas. 

I teach on a 1:1 or small group basis. This allows the opportunity to provide focused teaching to students in a way that works for them. My planning is tailored specifically to meet the needs of each child. Lessons include a range of teaching methods and the use of visual and kinaesthetic resources alongside written work, allowing children the opportunity to apply their learning to different contexts.  

My experience of teaching children with Dyscalculia or demonstrating a specific and persistent difficulty in the understanding of maths has been developed under the guidance of the dedicated and inspiring teachers at Emerson House. This has been invaluable to me as a tutor and I continue to incorporate the wealth of knowledge and strategies that I have observed into my own practise.

As a fully qualified classroom teacher, I have experience teaching across a range of ages within the primary age group, including Early Years. My move into SpLD began when my son was identified as having processing difficulties. Observing him blossom in both confidence and understanding under the guidance of specialist tutors secured my decision to move into this area of teaching. I hope to provide the same experience to the children that I now teach. 

* Head of Maths for the last 5 years at Emerson House, a specialist learning centre for children with special educational needs.

https://www.emersonhouse.co.uk

* I regularly train teachers to become specialists at helping children with any form of maths difficulties.

* I have developed along with Jane Emerson, a new dyscalculia assessment (‘Maths and Dyscalculia Assessment‘), which provides a diagnostic assessment of the pupil’s maths strengths and weaknesses. 

* Co-founder of ‘The Dyscalculia Network’.

* I work at Westminster Abbey Choir school as Head of Learning support.  https://www.abbeychoirschool.org/

* Member of the British Psychological Society (No: 508474). 

Educational Assessor. www.psychtesting.org.uk

* Certificate of Psychometric testing, Assessment & Access Arrangements (CPT3A).

* SEND Code of Practice certificate (Level 2)