Meet the Team

Liz joined Julia and became the joint Head Teacher of the specialist school for children with dyslexia and other associated learning difficulties for 6 years.

Liz and Julia started Dyslexia Matters® in 2010 to train teachers to become Specialist Teachers in the field of Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia). They have delivered disability awareness training to charities, businesses and public services as well as providing assessments for both children and adults. Liz and Julia are also the Directors of Cooperation Matters, a Community Interest Company, supporting learning disabled people towards and into employment.

Liz and Julia's personal, real-world experience of dyslexia, combined with their training and professional experience have given them a special understanding of the needs of people with dyslexia. As a result, they are especially qualified to give high-quality practical advice and support to people with dyslexia, their parents and employers and to the teachers they train.

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Julia

As Julia has dyslexia herself, and is the mother of children with dyslexia, she has hands-on experience of the challenges that people with dyslexia face.

She has had a varied career, as a SENDCo, a head of a mainstream school, and then the founding head of a school for children with dyslexia, before becoming a director of Dyslexia Matters ltd which was set up in 2010 to deliver training.  She has worked with families of pupils with dyslexia and complex needs, supporting them in preparing for, and attending tribunals to secure funding from local authorities and has delivered dyslexia training both nationally and internationally.

Julia is a great role model for what can be achieved even when you have a learning difference.

 

Liz

It was Liz's experience of growing up with a brother with severe learning difficulties that led her into working with people with learning differences.

Liz first trained to become a teacher of learners with severe learning difficulties and later specialised in dyslexia and specific learning difficulties. She worked as a specialist tutor in school settings for over 15 years before becoming the joint Head Teacher of a school for children with dyslexia, then going on to form Dyslexia Matters with Julia to share their expertise with others.

Liz and Julia have delivered disability awareness training to charities, businesses and public services as well as providing assessments for both children and adults. Liz and Julia are also the directors of Cooperation Matters, a Community Interest Company, supporting people with specific learning difficulties and mental health needs.

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Ellie Wilson

Ellie has a diploma in teaching learners with dyslexia and specific learning difficulties. She is also qualified to assess learners for access arrangements in accordance with JCQ regulations. She has ongoing experience working as a specialist teacher in a school and is Course Manager for Dyslexia Matters where she supports candidates in their journey towards becoming more knowledgeable about dyslexia.

Ellie also project manages courses with Cooperation Matters CIC, the sister company of Dyslexia Matters, where she supports adults with specific learning difficulties and mental health needs to move towards and into employment.

Administration Team

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Ann

Ann is the administrator at Dyslexia Matters, and she is the first person you will deal with when you apply for one of our courses. Any questions regarding the application form, course dates, venues and invoicing go to Ann. Ann will not be able to answer queries about course content/dyslexia, as she fulfils an administrative role in the organisation.  Contact :ann@dyslexiamatters.co.uk

Lesley

Lesley is our resources manager.  Lesley sorts out and posts any coursework paperwork where relevant (and certificates once you have passed!)  to you.  She is also the point of contact for our Level 7 candidates who wish to borrow our tests. Contact: lesley@dyslexiamatters.co.uk

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Jacqui

Jacqui is our finance manager.  She deals with all payments and invoices.  Contact: jacqui@dyslexiamatters.co.uk

Assessors

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Julie

I’m Julie  and I have worked with Dyslexia Matters now for about 7 years.  I have several roles within the team as I deliver the level 5 course, am a tutor and assessor for the on-line candidates, a lead assessor and lead IQA. 

Prior to joining the Dyslexia Matters team I had spent approximately 20 years as a specialist 1:1 tutor, teaching children and adults with dyslexia both in schools and privately. I have been a SENCO and had the dubious pleasure of writing the school’s SEN Policy when the Code of Practice first came into existence.

I have a very dyslexic son (now an adult) so I think I have quite a good understanding of SpLD and the affect it can have on learning, self esteem and home life. It is for this reason that I feel so strongly about the need to provide excellent, not just mediocre, specialist teachers. A really good, specialist teacher can make such a difference to the lives of children with SpLD/dyslexia so it is important that you set out on this course wanting to be the best that you can.

Anna

I began my journey with Dyslexia Matters 7 years ago when I enrolled on the Level 5 course. Working as a SENCo in a primary school meant that I encountered children with specific learning difficulties on a regular basis and I wanted to understand how I could support them more effectively. My enthusiasm was fired and I went on to complete the Level 7. Afterwards I worked as a specialist teacher and assessor for Dyslexia Action, which I view very much as my apprenticeship in the field of specific learning difficulties. For the past for the past 4 years, I have been a tutor for the Level 5 and Level 7 courses for Dyslexia Matters, as well as a presenter for the Level 7, which I really enjoy. I still love the assessing side of my job as I am always curious to get to the bottom of what is causing a learner's difficulties. I don't think you ever stop learning, and I believe that is why I am happy in my job because every day I seem to encounter another learning opportunity and become all the wiser for it.

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Lynn

I’m Lynn and I work as lecturer  and tutor on SpLD courses, as well as being an independent Dyslexia Specialist carrying out full diagnostic assessments and exams arrangements.  I have an MA in SpLD and am currently working towards my Doctorate in Education.  In my spare time I like to play the piano and pamper my house rabbit, Bubbles!

Wendy

I started working in education as a teaching assistant when both my children were small.  Having a passion for English, I decided at this time to study part-time, firstly for a degree in English and then a PGCE in Secondary English.  Whilst working as an English teacher in a middle school, I became the specialist teacher for the lower attaining sets and thus developed an interest and a passion for SEN education.  In particular, I was inspired to find out what were the best ways to teach the children who were struggling to learn to read and spell, despite their obvious signs of intellect.  I then found Dyslexia Matters and enrolled on the Level 5 course and then went on to do the Level 7 course, using my experience in the classroom to support my study.  More recently, I have become a freelance SpLD teacher and assessor, working mainly with local mainstream schools to carry out their Access Arrangements assessments for external examinations, but also doing full diagnostic assessments and some specialist teaching.  I also work for Dyslexia Matters as an assessor of the Level 5 course.

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Lesley

My first degree was in biology; after graduating, I worked for several years as a scientist. However, I have always had an interest in working with children and young people and also worked part-time as a youth worker before retraining for teaching. I have sixteen years’ experience as a primary school teacher, thirteen of which were as Special Needs Co-ordinator. I also worked as a trained Reading Recovery Teacher for part of this time, a job I found particularly rewarding. I now work as a Specialist Teacher and Assessor across the age ranges. I currently assess for Dyslexia Matters on the OCR Level 5, OCR Level 7 and PAPAA courses.

Rebecca

I have been working in education for 22 years now, working in mainstream, local authority and specialist provision. Currently, I work for Dyslexia Matters as an independent contractor for the level 5 and level 7 OCR course and for Include-Ed as a senior assessor for the Postgraduate Assessment of Proficiency in Assessment for Access Arrangements (PAPAA) course. In between the assessor and tutor roles, I also run my own company providing specialist teaching services. I carry out diagnostic assessments, including Access Arrangements, provide dyslexia training and specialist teaching to schools and I perform SpLD assessments for the British Dyslexia Association.

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Shirley

I am 62 years of age and married with two sons.

Now that I am retired I like to spend quiet time with family and friends, walking or watching films. We have recently moved into a new house and I am enjoying buying new curtains and making our new house a comfortable home.

I started my career in teaching in 1976 and taught in a total of four schools until retiring in 2014. I worked as a SENDCO and year 2 teacher in my last school which was rated as an outstanding school in 2008.

I also worked as a specialist support teacher for Essex county council and an NVQ level 2 and 3 teaching assistant tutor/assessor and an internal assessor for ten years.

Hilary

I have worked in education for nearly thirty years with an interest in SEN throughout my career. I taught children and adults with a range of learning difficulties and then specialised in dyslexia and SpLD. I have been a specialist tutor and assessor in schools, colleges and at university level, for the last ten years. I also work with a private clients and adults in the workplace.

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Su Hayward

I started off as a Primary School teacher, and have worked in Mainstream, Special, Primary and Secondary schools, Pupil Referral Units, a Speech and Language Resource Base and a Hearing Impaired Resource Base. As an Inclusion Manager, Head of the Resource Base, Adviser for Learning Support with the Local Authority, SEN Expert for Exclusion Panels, SEN Trainer and Head of Learning, with a stint in Assistant Headship in a Special School, I have a wide variety of SEN experience to share.  I'm a qualified Teacher of the Deaf and Specialist Teacher and Assessor for SpLD.  My younger brother has moderate learning difficulties and I have always been totally passionate about building the enablers for all learners.  I am driven to help others make lifelong learning and the world of work, a more joyful experience.