Helen Wells shares her perspective as a Special Education Needs Coordinator in a school for 10 years. Helen shares her story of how she began as an art school graduate and became a primary school teacher by mainly learning on the job with a special program for teachers. She tells of how her head teacher inspired, and pushed her, into the job of SENCo in the school and her rapid learning of the field. Helen has found the key thing is managing the communications between the family and school well and she shares ways to help the child and family feel heard and understood.
Helen shares her reflections on those 10 years for teachers and tutors who work with the tension of providing tailored solutions within school restrictions and also shares valuable advice to parents navigating this world.
Helen was one of the main organisers of the Leeds Dyslexia Festival in September 2018 with 1000 people attending. She shares about how successful the festival was, how it was all volunteer run and took 8 months of planning from a standing start!
Helen goes on to describe how she learns so much stuff so effectively via audio and podcasts as a working mum.
We talk about how note-taking is taught in schools and what it takes to learn an effective way, including her views on mindmapping and why it features in nearly every report recommendation.
There’s also a lovely moment when Helen shares her advice to her self as a teenager and as a parent.
The episode finishes off with a whole range of very useful advice and practical suggestions for organising and planning as a dyslexic and parent of a dyslexic.
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Links you might like to check out:
Send Solutions website: www.send-solutions.co.uk
Linkedin account: Helen-Leuty-Wells
Dyslexia Results’ facebook page: www.facebook.com/dyslexiaresults/
SENCo website: www.gov.uk/children-with-special-educational-needs
OFSTED website: www.gov.uk/government/organisations/ofsted
Dyslexia Explored episodes: bulletmapacademy.com/dyslexia-explored/
mindmapping course: https://bulletmapstudio.com/bulletmap/
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