Mark Sherin – Centre Manager
In addition to my primary role of specialist teacher and assessor, I have the following responsibilities:
- Course coordinator, lecturer and tutor on our OCR Level 5 Diploma: ‘Teaching Learners with Dyslexia/ SpLD’
- Expert Reference Group Member Area 1: ‘ Dyslexia-SpLD Trust DfE funded project on the SEN Reforms’
- Speaking at national conferences such as the BDA (British Dyslexia Association) and National Literacy Trust
- I am a member of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Dyslexia and a member of the BDA’s Accreditation Board
- I was a member of the Government’s Expert Advisory Group to Sir Jim Rose’s Report ‘Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties’ (June 2009)
- I am also an Educational Consultant for the Dyslexia Charity ‘Xtraordinary People’ and the ‘No to Failure’ Project and have advised on the SpLD-Dyslexia Trust ‘Seeing the Difference’ Campaign
- National Teaching Awards: Distinction, Special Needs Teacher of the Year 2007 (London)
I am dyslexic myself as are my children, and so I understand and empathise with the challenges, frustrations and complexities of being a dyslexic learner.
Catherine Wheare – Specialist Teacher
I work four days a week at Lyndhurst Dyslexia Centre, as a Specialist Dyslexia Teacher. I am responsible for screening, early identification and programme development. I teach children aged 6-11, who each receive 1:1 individualised support each week. We work on general learning skills like confidence–building, memory and metacognition, as well as those specific to literacy, such as phonological skills, learning of high frequency words, Mind-Mapping and planning, free writing, reading fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension strategies. The teaching is systematic, cumulative, explicit, and intensive. I use multi-sensory methods which incorporate games, direct instruction and ICT and provide a variety of ways to record work and process ideas.
My background is in primary education. I started as a class teacher, specialising in language and literacy development, firstly as a primary school literacy coordinator and later providing wave 3 literacy support for individuals and small groups, before training as a Specialist Dyslexia Teacher. I also worked for five years in a therapeutic community and I am trained in the therapeutic intervention, Draw and Talk.
I provide an individualised multi-sensory programme within a safe space, where children develop the confidence to build on their talents and learn strategies to support the areas they find difficult. I work closely with families and class teachers to maintain a consistent dyslexia–friendly approach, using the appropriate learning style and support, to enable each child to work at her/his own intellectual level. My aim is to encourage self-motivation and autonomy by helping children to develop their own personal toolkit of strategies and techniques, which they take out with them into the world and use independently.