Grace is a primary teacher with over 30 years experience including, teaching in Tanzania and training as a Reading Recovery teacher and early literacy specialist. In 2016 Grace was awarded Reading Recovery Teacher of the year and led the school to be awarded Reading Recovery School of the year. This sparked a desire to learn more about literacy development, individual differences in learning and neurodiversity. She then embarked on a Master’s in Specific Learning Difficulties/Differences and now works part-time as a specialist teacher and assessor in school and privately offering 1-1 tuition and diagnostic assessments.

During her professional practice, Grace has experienced dyslexic pupils from the age of seven who have developed a negative academic self-concept and low self-esteem and for whom learning to read and write is a struggle. Her thesis research explored academic self-esteem and self-image in young pupils and how these can be supported by a resilience-based programme.

Qualifications and accreditation

MA in SpLD/Dyslexia, Bath Spa University

Qualified assessor with an Assessment Practicing Certificate (APC)

BEd Honours in Primary Education

Associate Member of British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA)
The British Dyslexia Association (BDA) has been the voice of dyslexic people since 1972.

Full member of the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Differences,
Patoss is the professional association of teachers of students with specific learning difficulties, for all those concerned with the teaching and support of pupils with SpLD, for example: dyslexic, dyspraxic, dyscalculic, ADHD.


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