SPECIAL EDUCATIONAL NEEDS/ DYSLEXIA – Sarah is an experienced teacher and Additional Learning Needs Coordinator with 28 years’ experience teaching in Australia and the UK. She gained Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) in 2010 after successfully completing an accredited qualification in teaching pupils with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia) and has a current Assessment Practising Certificate (APC).
Until recently Sarah worked for Swansea Local Authority as performance specialist for SEN providing training for teachers and teaching assistants on all aspects of dyslexia. In 2013 Sarah was responsible for revising and updating the criteria for the new Swansea Dyslexia Friendly School Award and was the lead assessor for the award.
She was the course leader for the Post Graduate Certificate of Education in Teaching Pupils with specific learning difficulties, jointly accredited by the British Dyslexia Association and University of Wales Trinity St David (Swansea), and was a member of the steering committee for the Graduate Diploma SEN programme at UWTSD.
Sarah is passionate in her belief that children with dyslexia should have opportunities to fulfil their learning potential within a mainstream setting. Her workshops include practical multi-sensory strategies to support children in developing literacy skills as well as exploring ways in which they are able to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding in all curriculum areas.