I have been working with children and young people to support their learning and progress through education since 1989. Following 7 years working as a primary teacher in London, I trained at the Dyslexia Institute to specialize in specific learning difficulties (Dyslexia). I then worked peripatetically in London, in both state and independent primary schools and with individual secondary pupils. I also qualified as a TEFL teacher (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), teaching both children and adults.
In 2000 I spent two years in California teaching all ages returning in 2002 to train as an educational psychologist at the University of Exeter, 2003-4. Since then I worked for a Local Authority, finishing this in November 2011 to concentrate fully on my own independent practice. An important part of this has been to establish the joined up approach of SWAP (South West Allied Professionals) in order to provide a better service to children, young people, their families and schools.
My focus when working with children, young people, teachers and parents is, together, to identify strengths within the child, within their home and within their school environment, and use these to progress the weaknesses. I also place great emphasis on establishing the student’s own views about their learning and self, in order to develop these views and their metacognition, to build up both their confidence and skills with learning. To achieve these goals, I use a variety of standardised assessment tools, in addition to further psychological techniques, most particularly from personal construct psychology, solution focused therapy, and, developed from my extensive and passionate interest in learning, practical strategies for learning that have evolved since my early career as a class teacher and then specialist dyslexia teacher.
In addition to individual assessments, I offer training to schools. Examples of training that have been well received by schools are:
- Differentiation in the Mainstream Classroom /Dyslexia Friendly Classrooms
- How to Encourage Independent and Empowered Learning
- Memory and Strategies to Help Improve Memory for Learning
- ADHD in School and the Classroom
- The Value and Process of Writing ‘Pupil Friendly Individual Education Plans’
- Attachment Difficulties and Practical Strategies in School
- The Use of Personal Construct Psychology in School to Ascertain the Pupil’s Core Constructs and Views on Life
For further details of the assessment process, training packages and to answer any queries with regards to what an educational psychologist or professionals of SWAP together can offer to children, young people, school and families, my contact details are:
Tel: 07973 185429
Address: 79 High Street, Ramsbury,
Wiltshire, SN8 2QN