Who am I?

BSc Hons, PGCE, RSA Dip SpLD/dyslexia, APC (Patoss)
I qualified from Bristol University in 1982 with a BSc Hons in Social Administration and Sociology.  I obtained my PGCE from the University of Exeter in 1983 and started work as a class teacher in a primary school.  I have also been a class teacher in infant and middle schools in Germany with British Forces Schools.  On returning to the UK, I explored my newfound passion for working with students with SpLD and became SENCO in a primary school in Hampshire.

In 1990, I undertook my Level 7 Diploma in SpLD/dyslexia which qualified me to teach and assess children and adults with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. Shortly after qualifying, I was employed by Wiltshire Council to set up a centre for primary school pupils with SpLD/dyslexia attached to a local school and I was in this role for 5 years.

In order to have the flexibility to spend time with my young family while continuing to support students locally with SpLD/dyslexia, I co-founded The Learning Loft in 1996.  Since then, we’ve moved premises and we’ve expanded the teaching and the assessing we do in local schools and with Further Education students.

I ensure I keep up to date with the latest research and teaching methods by frequently attending accredited courses, conferences and exhibitions, so that I can support students to achieve their greatest potential.  These include becoming an Irlen Institute Screener in 2000, which means that I am experienced to recognise students with visual perceptual difficulties who may benefit from the use of coloured overlays to help with reading.

Outside of work, I love to travel and explore new places and cultures.  I also enjoy being creative and have recently picked up my paint brushes and craft equipment.  I try to take this into The Learning Loft by creating themed displays of students’ work as well as a weekly puzzle, often incorporating things I’ve seen on my travels!

I have an up to date enhanced DBS check and am fully insured.


“You have always helped me. Even when I’ve been upset, you have always taken time to listen and give me advice.  I’m very thankful for that.  You have helped me to improve my grades and achieve so much.  I’m very happy I came to you.”

A, 16 years


“Thank you so much for all your kindness and patience with M over the years. You really have been our rock in difficult times.”

Parent of M, Year 11