LindaK
LindaK
About Me

Qualified teacher
35 years+ experience
Dyslexia specialist
Speech, language and communication difficulties specialist

Tutor Specialisms and Experience
  • Academic challenges – primary general
  • Academic challenges – secondary general
  • Maths
  • English
  • Spelling and reading
  • Speech and communication
  • Educational Consultancy
  • Memory and processing challenges
  • Fine and/ or gross motor skills
  • Focus and attention
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Autism
  • Asperger's Syndrome
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Down’s Syndrome
  • Global Developmental Delay
Experience, training and skills

I have a B.Sc in Psychology, PGCE in Literacy and Numeracy, and a Postgraduate Certificate in Effective Inclusion: Literacy Difficulties (specialist dyslexia qualification recognised by British Dyslexia Association)

I have taught for 35 years in the UK and USA, thirty years in SEN. I have taught in mainstream and special schools, primary and secondary (though mostly primary.) I have also taught in SEN Departments at FE level.

For almost twenty years I worked as a SEN advisory teacher to mainstream schools in a London borough, within a service consistently rated Outstanding by Ofsted. My work involved devising personalised learning programmes; designing bespoke resources; co-ordinating social enrichment opportunities; borough-wide training to mainstream teachers, SENCOs and support staff; direct teaching to individuals or small groups. I have worked closely with Speech and Language Therapists, co-running social skills groups and presenting training sessions on language needs to special school (BESD) and PRU staff.

After a 35 year career in education, I have been freelance since 2018. I have many years of experience teaching children with special needs, as well as training mainstream teachers. I love the challenge of working with children who learn differently, of uncovering the ways in which they learn best, and in finding creative ways to exploit strengths and overcome and compensate for specific difficulties.

I have experience with many types of special need (as well as mainstream.) However, my specialisms are Speech, Language and Communication Needs (or Specific Language Impairment/Disorder), Autism Spectrum Condition/Disorder, Moderate Learning Difficulties/Global Developmental Delay (including Downs Syndrome.) But I view and teach my pupils as individuals rather than as diagnoses!

My Teaching Philosophy

I believe that, as a result of education policy, sometimes, for some children, the meaning of what they are being taught is lost. For example, the emphasis on Phonics in the teaching of Literacy neglects to focus on the whole purpose of reading, which is to find something out, or for pure enjoyment, and the purpose of writing and spelling is to communicate ideas. Reading comprehension shouldn't be about answering questions and relying on the teacher to tell you if you are right or not. Every child can learn to read and write meaningfully when this is at the heart of teaching. My main aim is to give children the skills to understand and apply what they are being taught, and to recognise when they haven't understood. I want my pupils to be confident and independent, regardless of the severity of learning difficulty. For me as a teacher, the National Curriculum is a guide, but the specific needs of the individual child are always the focus.

Choose me if…

If your child isn’t learning in school, or isn’t happy, I will draw on my 35 years of teaching experience to find an approach that works for them. This is as likely to involve using playdough, jumping around on sight words or numerals, or spinning in a computer chair as it is writing on a page – the best methods are multisensory! I have been trained in a very wide range of interventions for various types of difficulty, but all children are individuals, and if none of these is appropriate for your child, I’ll think of something that is.

Something sensational about me

I have been a Postgraduate Research Psychologist at the Institute of Psychiatry, working on a study into the social skills of children with language disorders, and have had academic papers published.

Location

LindaK

New Malden, UK

Availability
  • Monday

    9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

  • Tuesday

    3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.

  • Wednesday

    9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

  • Thursday

    9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

  • Friday

    9.00 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.

  • Saturday

    9.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m.

  • Sunday

    9.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m.

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