I currently run a Dyslexia Support Service in a region of Scotland with 36 primary and 6 secondary schools, working mainly with staff rather than students. I have worked in all sectors of education, from Nursery to Higher Education, in England and Scotland; starting off as a History teacher, moving to primary class teaching and then to Support for Learning. Latterly I was a CPD Officer teaching the Post Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia through Edinburgh University and short courses on teaching able pupils and thinking skills.
In 2002 I took a 3 year secondment as a professional adviser to the Scottish Executive. There I helped develop policies particularly around the use of technology to enhance young people’s learning. I also worked on the government’s response to the National Debate and on embedding the National Priorities.
I am a Glow mentor and fully committed to, and excited by, the use of digital technologies to support learning. I became a Mistress (!) of Philosophy in 2004 and a Chartered Teacher in 2006.
Most of my own learning comes from working and living with young people although I study formally too.
I’m peeved by parents who dismiss those of us working in the public sector and who question our ability to identify and support learners with dyslexia. So here are my formal qualifications: BA (Hons), PGCE (Secondary), PGCE (Primary), PG Dip SEN, PG Dip Dyslexia, M.Phil. M.Teach, AMBDA.
Here is part of my kitchen: (the card at the bottom reads: ‘Mum, we will do the washing up, your children’. The response – in Scots – ‘Aye, Right!’)
And some bumper stickers that speak to my condition:
I haven’t taken a picture of the fridge magnet that says ‘ Fighting for peace is like screwing for virginity’. But it’s there.