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.
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.
Maru Rojas – GroveFM Radio Co ordinator
Maru works at Grove FM on Mondays and Tuesdays, working with children across the school. Maru makes radio programmes inspired by the curriculum and children’s learning. She also runs the Radio Club and works with children from the Lyndhurst Dyslexia Learning Centre. Her backround is in Visual Arts with an MFA Art Writing from Goldsmiths College and she has been working in schools, galleries & museums for more than 5 years.
Mr. Chambers works at Grove FM on Wednesdays helping to record music, edit and arrange tracks and help put together the weekly broadcast. He graduated from The Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama in 2004, where as an undergraduate he studied Drum Kit and as a post-graduate studied Music Technology and Composition. He has many years of experience in writing, performing and recording in radio stations including BBC Radio 2, Radio 4, 6Music and XFm. When Mr. Chambers is not working with us at Grove Fm he can be found recording and playing drums all over the world.