BA (Hons); MA Literacy Learning & Literacy Difficulties; PGCE; PGCSEND; Dip SpLD (Level 7); Assessor for Access Arrangements (CCET + AAC)
Hello my name is Linda.
Having completed my PGCE at the University of Roehampton in 1998, I decided to pursue my keen interest in teaching children with special educational needs and completed my Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties at the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre in 2005, followed by a MA in Literacy Learning & Literacy Difficulties at University College London in 2011.
After gaining over 20 years teaching experience in both the state and independent sectors, including 15 years as a SENCo at three leading schools in London, I am incredibly excited to have now joined the team at Kids First. As a parent and teacher, I understand the challenges and concerns specific learning difficulties can create, both at school and at home, therefore helping parents to better understand their child’s learning profile and how they can support them is key.
As a literacy and Dyslexia specialist, I particularly enjoy carrying out diagnostic assessments as I believe them to be a first step in understanding where a child’s difficulties may lie, then use the results to help identify strengths, so as to build confidence and independence. I believe firmly in the proven benefits of designing and engaging multi-sensory based lessons to support a child’s learning.
My experience is that all learners have the ability to reach their potential, regardless of learning challenges and that the assessment process should be a positive one that allows learners to see how their strengths can help them overcome any specific learning difficulties.
In my spare time I love being outdoors, especially if it involves a long coastal walk with my energetic Springer Spaniel!< Back to Meet The Team