About Me

I am a qualified teacher with degrees in SEN (Hons) Special Educational Needs, Biology, Sciences, Geography and Economics. I have 25 years teaching experiencing in mainstream and special schools (including PRUs); in primary, secondary and tertiary. I am a qualified Specialist Remedial teacher who uses a holistic approach to support learners who present with Specific learning disabilities and their co-mobilities, by addressing their academic, social, emotional and behavioural needs; changing behavioural patterns, raising their academic standards and performance in literacy, mathematics and specialist subjects.

Teaching experience includes; SEN at all levels, Biology (to A+), Science (gr 3 - gr 11), Geography (GR4-12), Economics (gr7 - 2nd yr uni and Business school)), Business Studies (Gr 7- tertiary), History (GR 4-9), All subjects in Primary, SEN - at all levels, Lectured: Teacher training in SEN and BEd. Student Academic Development Coordinator.
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Specialist Experience and Skills

I am a qualified specialist teacher with 25 years of teaching experience in public, independent and PRU schools. My teaching experience ranges from HOD in mainstream secondary and primary schools, dyslexia specialist, specialist remedial (PFU) primary class teacher, lecturer, student and lecturer academic support and 1:1 facilitation in the transitioning of learners from PFU to mainstream (teenagers). I have mostly dealt with children who are bright, average to above average (including very gifted and talented) who are under achieving academically; their academic performance does not match... Read More
I am a qualified specialist teacher with 25 years of teaching experience in public, independent and PRU schools. My teaching experience ranges from HOD in mainstream secondary and primary schools, dyslexia specialist, specialist remedial (PFU) primary class teacher, lecturer, student and lecturer academic support and 1:1 facilitation in the transitioning of learners from PFU to mainstream (teenagers). I have mostly dealt with children who are bright, average to above average (including very gifted and talented) who are under achieving academically; their academic performance does not match their capabilities and potential. I understand that children who are gifted and talented require a different approach; one that inspires and motivates them, and helps them to further develop their excitement of the world around them.

My experience covers areas of reading, spelling, written language, mathematics and non-verbal learning disabilities and children that may experience other barriers to learning such as: Gifted and Talented, Anxiety Disorders, Behavioural Needs, Oppositional Defiance Disorder, Dyscalculia, Aspergers Syndrome, ADHD, CAPD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or Depression to name but a few. My sessions also address the 'hidden curriculum' the essential life skills one needs. Most children with learning disabilities need work in  theses areas. It is often their lack of theses skills that separates them from their peers and makes learning overwhelming, challenging and builds a gradual hatred and dread for school and learning. Skills addressed would include organisation (in all aspects),  planning, study skills, note taking (selection of relevant facts), time management etc Being the parent of an LD child gives me a different insight when addressing a child's needs and working with the family dynamic.

I have 3 degrees; BEd Hons SEN, BA (Economics and Geography), BEd- Biology and sciences. This has broadened my subject teaching scope and base, especially when supporting SEN and dyslexic learners. I am currently working towards a level-7 qualification in Dyslexia by Dyslexia Action. My specialist SEN and dyslexia training together with subject based knowledge of the curriculum has enable me to apply support mechanisms ensuring the child meets the required standards for progression.

I have lectured the teacher training degree across all 4 years of the degree course including the coordination their 5 weeks per year compulsory practical teaching component based in a school. I also founded and ran an accredited teacher training business specifically addressing SEN in schools.

Implementation of Inclusion/ SEN policy (legislative and statutory requirements) and through an IEP addressing specific special educational needs; dyslexia, ADHD, ASD, behavioural modifications, assisted devices, spelling, reading, comprehension to 1st, 2nd and 3rd language learners. 100 schools and their staff were trained nationally. A needs analysis was conducted to identifying the gaps and needs of the school and existing training packages were tweaked to suit them.

My interest in SEN stems from having a son who presented with learning disabilities; ADHD and other co-morbidities including perceptual difficulties, CAPD, Auditory analysis and discrimination issues, along with the anxiety, low self-esteem and behavioural issues that developed. This has given me more insight when addressing a child’s needs. My approach for dealing with SEN is holistic, I look at it and work from many angles; child in context; teacher (school); parents (family) and the wider community.

My Teaching Philosophy

I am firm but fair, holistic in approach but child centred. In my approach I will simultaneously address the 'hidden curriculum' issues that most SEN experience; the social, behavioural and emotional issues. I will while teaching included life skills addressing the everyday issues of organisation and planning. These skills are just as important, possibly more vital than the content as they will allow the child to work towards independence. They will build self-esteem, confidence and resilience and reduce one of the greatest barriers seen in the SEN child, anxiety.

One of my skills is the ability to simplify complex concepts for understanding by selecting the key core concepts needed. This is because of my vast curriculum knowledge as to what is relevant.

I will relay content while simultaneously developing your child’s coping skills to address the academic issues and content being taught to them. I like to involve the family, keep them abreast as a SEN child can have a profound effect on the family dynamic.

Something Sensational About Me

I am quick and can think on my feet, always have a solution to address the issues that arise during our tenure together. I am passionate about this field and the children I work with ‘feel ‘ it. They know I am there for them.

My lessons are interesting so I tend to hold their attention. They trust me, open up and together we conquer.

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Availability

  • Monday 10am - 4pm
  • Tuesday 10am - 4pm
  • Wednesday 10am - 4pm
  • Thursday 10am - 4pm
  • Friday 10am - 4pm

Qualifications and Training

University of Middlessex / Dyslexia Action • SpLD level 7 -Currently enrolled 2020 University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa • MA Degree Bachelor of Education Specialisation in Inclusive (Special Needs) Education 2010 – Incomplete • Honours Degree Bachelor of Education Specialisation in Inclusive (Special Needs) Education 2008 NARIC UK- accepted as equivalent BEd Hons SEN RQF Level 6 / SCQF level 10 / CQFW level 6 • Bachelor Degree of Arts in Economics and... Read More
University of Middlessex / Dyslexia Action • SpLD level 7 -Currently enrolled 2020 University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa • MA Degree Bachelor of Education Specialisation in Inclusive (Special Needs) Education 2010 – Incomplete • Honours Degree Bachelor of Education Specialisation in Inclusive (Special Needs) Education 2008 NARIC UK- accepted as equivalent BEd Hons SEN RQF Level 6 / SCQF level 10 / CQFW level 6 • Bachelor Degree of Arts in Economics and Geography 2002 NARIC UK- accepted as equivalent Bachelor degree ordinary RQF Level 6 / SCQF level 9 / CQFW level 6 University of Natal ( now known as Kwa Zulu Natal (KZN) ) in conjunction with Edgewood Teachers Training College, Durban, South Africa • BEd Degree and Higher Diploma in Education 1984 Secondary Science, Botany, Zoology NARIC UK- accepted as equivalent Bachelor degree ordinary RQF Level 6 / SCQF level 9 / CQFW level 6 Mowat Park Girls’ High School, Durban, South Africa • High School Diploma 1980 NARIC UK- Accepted RQF level 2 / SCQF level 5 / CQFW level 2 GCSE grades A*(-C / 9-4 / Scottish national gr 5 (grade A-C) Intermediate Welsh Baccalaureate OTHER: • DBS Enhanced - ongoing 2020 ACTDEC (Accreditation Council for Distant Education TESOL Learning) 2018 • Global Language Training. Global Master TEFL/ TESOL course –150 hrs Helen Irlens Institute, USA • Certified Irlens Screener – Diagnostic Reading Test 2014 SACE (South African Council for Educators) 2010 • ACCREDITED Education Training Development Practices Sector Education and Training Authority (ETDPSETA) • Qualified: Assessor, Moderator, Material Developer, facilitator, Train the Trainer 2008 University of South Africa, Pretoria, South Africa • Comparative Religious Studies 2004 • Association of British Healthcare Industry (ABHI) 2009 • ABHI international ethics code of practice 2009 • ABHI theatre access 2009 • Alert Driving 2010 • THRASS accredited 2008

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  • I am good at working with children with SEN, especially but not limited to the ‘bright children’ with LD. I seem to get them and they get me. I develop good strong trusting relationships with them. They feel comfortable, relaxed and safe to make mistakes and still learn. I am good at reducing anxiety and building confidence. My broad knowledge base and experience has allowed me to select and teach the foundations in preparation for later years and ensure that progression occurs through each academic phase. I give them a sense of achievement. I work with each child individually customising as they progress. We work together but step by step I increase the load and pressure (often unbeknown to them but according to their needs and capabilities) until they are functionally independent. It is a work in progress there are no quick easy fixes.

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Y Smith

Sandra has been an amazing tutor to our 6 year old with ADHD & Social Communication Disorder. His progress in such a short space of time has been incredible. She has been able to tap into his ability and give him the confidence to consolidate as well as give me new skills. Her patience and experience have been invaluable in his progress and he is flourishing. He is learning to be more focused and transferring his new found skills into his learning. I would highly recommend her.

Claire

We’ve been working with Sandra for a couple of months and have been impressed by her commitment. From the outset, she has been keen to work WITH us to help our son, suggesting ways forward as well as listening to our perspective. She has a fantastic manner and has quickly established a positive working relationship with him. He is willing to listen and to do the tasks set – this is a big deal! Highly recommended.

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