Brought up in France, I vividly remember my constant difficulties with grammar and spelling at primary school. At the age of 12, I narrowly escaped being ‘orientated’, as it was then known, out of formal education towards a much less academic and vocational path. Subsequently at around the age of 14, and on my own initiative, I developed elaborate compensatory strategies to support my learning. These made an enormous difference to my results and I was able at last to experience academic success and to make my own choices about my own future.
Much later I recognised some of my difficulties in one of my children and this triggered my determination to understand specific learning needs.
I trained at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre in Farnham as a Specialist Dyslexia Teacher and then as an Assessor. As well as offering diagnostic assessments, I currently work as an academic mentor in a local preparatory school, supporting learners with dyslexia and other specific learning needs. This allows me to keep pace with the National Curriculum and understand the level children are expected to reach at every key stage.
I am adamant that no individual should be written off because of a need which is either unidentified or misunderstood and that every child should be given the opportunity to achieve their full potential.
Founder of Guildford Dyslexia
Relevant qualifications and information:
- Level 5 Diploma in teaching learners with dyslexia and specific learning needs.
- Level 7 Diploma in assessing learners with dyslexia and specific learning needs.
- Enhanced DBS certificate.
- Full membership of PATOSS.
- Current APC (Assessment and Practicing Certificate).