About Me

Qualified teacher, with degrees in SEN (Hons), Biology, Sciences, Geography, Economics. I have 25 years teaching experiencing in mainstream and special schools (including PRUs), in primary, secondary and tertiary. I am a Specialist Remedial teacher using a holistic approach to support above average 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 and mathematics.

£110.00 Per Hour

minimum 1.5 hour sessions

Specialist Experience and Skills

I am a qualified 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, specialist remedial (PFU) primary class teacher, lecturer, student and lecturer academic support and one on one facilitation in the transitioning of learners from PFU to mainstream.

I am currently working towards a level-7 qualification in Dyslexia by Dyslexia Action. My experience covers areas of reading, spelling, written language, mathematics and non-verbal learning disabilities and children that may... Read More
I am a qualified 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, specialist remedial (PFU) primary class teacher, lecturer, student and lecturer academic support and one on one facilitation in the transitioning of learners from PFU to mainstream.

I am currently working towards a level-7 qualification in Dyslexia by Dyslexia Action. 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, Anxiety Disorders, Dyscalculia, Aspergers Syndrome, ADHD, CAPD, Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or Depression to name but a few. 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 learners. My specialist SEN 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 4years 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; 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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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... 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

Choose me if…

  • I am good at dealing 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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20 mile radius .. but flexible.

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