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

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!

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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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.

Catherine

I first became interested in dyslexia when I was working as a secondary English teacher and wanted to understand how I could provide the best support for students with literacy difficulties. I took a Level Three Introduction to Dyslexia and my interest only grew, leading me to complete my MA in Specific Learning Difficulties and qualify as a specialist teacher and assessor. I have worked in a mainstream secondary school and sixth form, a Pupil Referral Unit and a centre for students with speech, language and communication difficulties. I am also CertTesol qualified and have taught English as a foreign language.

I love learning more about how to support students with SpLD and I believe it continues to improve my teaching practice for all students.  My MA dissertation investigated teachers’ understanding of dyslexia, and I am passionate about supporting as many teachers as possible to develop their understanding of this area to ensure that all children are supported to reach their full potential.

Alongside my work as a tutor and assessor for Dyslexia Matters, I work as a travelling freelanceSpLD teacher and assessor conducting diagnostic assessments and assessments for Access Arrangements.

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Rachel

Having begun a career as a graphic designer in the seventies I changed tack to teaching in my mid-twenties. After achieving a B.Ed Hons., I taught a range of subjects in Essex comprehensives for 10 years combined with various roles of responsibility, including pastoral year head and acting SENCo. Moving to Suffolk in the nineties, I worked in education project management developing contextualised curriculum resources with all phases of schools and businesses and achieved an MA.

After the birth of my son and a career break I returned to teaching and worked at a pupil referral unit (PRU). As well as teaching in the PRU I supported local schools with managing pupils who were close to exclusion, many of whom had specific learning differences. During this period of my career I was fortunate to be asked to co-write a book for LDA in their Target Ladder series and teach a masters module for Anglia Ruskin University.

Inspired by the pupils whose undiagnosed differences were missed (a factor which contributed significantly to difficulties adjusting to school) I applied to train as a specialist teacher with Dyslexia Matters.

 Having retired from full time teaching last year, I now support university students with specific learning differences develop their study skills as well as a tutor/assessor for the level 5.

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Denys

I began my journey with Dyslexia Matters when I started my level 5 training.  I had been teaching for 30 years in a variety of environments and working with all ages from the Military, teaching adults, to Early Years, in a Montessori School.  It was while working in a Montessori Primary School I decided that I needed yet more training.  My son, who had been in a Montessori environment since birth just wasn’t making the progress in spelling I expected, considering his brilliant start.  We now know he is dyslexic and I am dyspraxic!  I needed to know what more I could do, when the Montessori approach; which is hands on, Multisensory, cumulative and individual to every learner, just doesn’t seem to work!  Having completed my level 5, I added SENCo and Specialist Teacher to my list of responsibilities within the school. With this new vision I found that so many of the pupils had learning difficulties and not all brains worked like mine! So I decided to brave it and embark on the level 7 course. My final step was to join the Dyslexia Matters team as a tutor/assessor. I now also work freelance teaching and assessing.  I love all aspects of my working life and being so varied, I consider myself a lifelong learner as I gain something new every day.

Lucy

My interest in teaching and assessing learners with SpLD came from my experience as a teacher in the state and independent sector. I developed a passion for supporting learners to achieve their potential regardless of any barriers to learning they may be experiencing. After gaining my Level 5 qualification, I taught as a specialist teacher for students with SpLD within an Enhanced Provision attached to a secondary school for a substantial number of years. I also became SENDCo for the school. I found my job as a specialist teacher extremely satisfying and this led to the completion of my Level 7 qualification with Dyslexia Matters. I now have a number of part-time positions that I love. This includes working part-time for Dyslexia Matters as a tutor/assessor, working as a specialist teacher in a school, working for the British Dyslexia Association as a specialist SpLD assessor and working with several schools to assess for Access Arrangements. I am very fortunate that my role enables me to teach and assess students across Key Stages 1 to 5. Teaching and assessing learners is my passion and I enjoy the opportunity to support other professionals in their journey towards becoming a specialist teacher.

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