Below you can find out more about the educational services I am able to offer as a Specialist Teacher.
A parent can often tell when their child is having difficulties. Diagnostic assessment explores the reasons for those difficulties, ask questions about underlying skills that may be weak and strengths that can be employed to get around the problem.
Assessment is also the basis for constructive remedial measures. It allows us to set appropriate goals for a student’s learning and to choose appropriate teaching techniques. It may identify particular instructional needs such as one for a multisensory approach or a need for support in public examinations through access arrangements.
A written report is useful to ensure that everyone working with the child shares similar goals, as a basis for discussion with the school and as an explanation of a child’s difficulties with constructive suggestions for instruction or other forms of support for learning.
An Access Arrangement is support provided in examinations to enable students to demonstrate what they know and can do, in spite of difficulties that might otherwise prevent them from doing so. For instance, a slow reader might need additional time, while a student with illegible handwriting might need to have a scribe or use a word processor.
The Joint Council for Qualifications, which governs public examinations, lays down the criteria for allocating particular arrangements and schools make every effort to allocate access arrangements appropriately and fairly. However sometimes the needs of a student are less obvious and parents may find it helpful to have an independent assessment of their son or daughter’s examination access needs.
Specialist assessment of students’ special educational needs and recommendations for curriculum support, individual programmes or access arrangements is available to schools.
Individual tuition is offered on a weekly basis, with clear goals agreed with the student and parents. Consolidation activities may be suggested to reinforce the work done and to work on specific difficulties related to dyslexia, weaknesses in spelling or other basic skills.
Tutorial sessions for pupils preparing for entrance examinations will focus on oral and written skills in English, Mathematics and verbal or non-verbal reasoning.
The transition from G.C.S.E. to Advanced Level studies or from school to higher education places greater demands on students to study independently and requires skills that have generally not yet been mastered. The purpose of including study skills as students embark on examination courses is to develop the skills necessary to be effective learners engaged in pursuing more advanced studies.