Level 5/7 Tutor & Specialist Assessor

As Head of Year in secondary schools, I had supported many students with learning differences. For many years, I worked on a subject advisory committee for AQA where we analysed forthcoming A level papers for their accessibility for all pupils. Having an interest in learning differences, I decided that I would train as a specialist teacher for a new challenge when I stepped down from my role as Head of Sixth Form. This then led me to train as an assessor.

I have a BSc(Hons) in Biological Sciences and a PGCE in secondary science and mathematics. I taught in state and independent schools during a teaching career of 38 years. Since qualifying, I have worked as a freelance assessor, a specialist tutor and I carry out access arrangement assessments for schools in Hertfordshire and London.

At Dyslexia Herts I carry out diagnostic assessments for young people ranging in age from 8 to 18 years. I also co-present some training sessions for Level 7 students.

I love working as an assessor because I feel that it often leads to a much greater understanding of learning differences for children and their parents, and they are often very relieved to have an explanation for problems they experience or see. Assessments often present a complex picture which needs to be pieced together like a puzzle. I enjoy researching new ideas and theories when I have an assessment that gives unexpected results. I enjoy specialist teaching because it makes such a difference to young people’s confidence in themselves and undoubtedly boosts their self-esteem.

In my spare time I enjoy walking my two dogs and I am an avid reader and dressmaker.