Working across a variety of educational establishments and homes throughout Hampshire, Margaret is a Specialist Teacher Advisor for Hearing Impairment. This role is on behalf of Hampshire County Council. Margaret also works as a private Specialist Teacher and Assessor, conducting both pre and post 16 assessments. When asked what her special interest areas are in relation to SEND, Margaret said ‘Dyslexia and Hearing Impairment’. We caught up with Margaret to find out a little more about how she has found her time on the Applying for and Renewing an APC course with Dyslexia Action.
What made you choose the Dyslexia Action course over other options?
Having previously had an excellent learning experience with their sister company, Real Training, I thought they would be a good fit for me. The offer of a flexible approach to learning and provision of comprehensive learning resources and materials made this the right choice.
Additionally, the Dyslexia Action course covered the new post-16 format in detail using case studies, online discussion forums, professional advice and resource materials to support your future assessments. Something I was unable to find from other providers.
What was your experience of learning with Dyslexia Action?
I have already recommended this course to several other assessors looking for further support with post-16 assessments. The time frame enables you to work at your own pace, all the material is easily accessible and the discussion forums help you share each other’s work. I found my group to be very supportive and the course tutors were happy to answer the most basic questions promptly.
How has the course helped make an impact in your current educational setting(s)?
It has had a positive impact on my own assessment practice, whilst also improving the advice I am able to give when visiting SENCO’s and inclusion managers at FE colleges, who are looking to support students moving on to university.
How has the course helped develop you as an educational professional and what do you hope to achieve with the new knowledge/skills in the future?
I am intending to undertake my renewal with DA, as I have found the Dyslexia Guild membership very helpful and the online forums are a great support.