The Lyndhurst Dyslexia Teaching Staff

Mark Sherin – Centre Manager

In addition to my primary role of specialist teacher and assessor, past experiences include:

  • 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 Dyslexia-SpLD Trust  ‘Seeing the Difference’ Campaign
  • National Teaching Awards: Distinction, Special Needs Teacher of the Year 2007 (London)

Having dyslexia myself, with dyslexic children of my own, I understand and empathise with the challenges, frustrations and complexities of being a dyslexic learner.

Catherine Wheare – Specialist Teacher

In addition to my primary role of specialist teacher and assessor, I am responsible for screening, early identification and programme development.Past experiences include:

  • Class teacher  (reception to year 5) in London and Manchester
  • Primary school literacy coordinator
  • School librarian
  • 1:1 literacy teacher


As a specialist dyslexia teacher, I provide:

  • an individualised programme within a safe space
  • systematic, cumulative, explicit, and intensive teaching
  • multi-sensory methods which incorporate games, direct instruction and ICT
  • a broad range of ways for children to record work and process ideas
  • close collaboration with class teachers and families so that we can offer the best support to each child

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.

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