Gavin Reid

Gavin Reid is an international Practitioner Psychologist, consultant and author. He was a classroom teacher and university lecturer and has written over 30 books in the field of dyslexia and learning. His books have been translated into seven languages.

He currently lectures worldwide and has regular international consultancies. Dr Reid is Chair of the British Dyslexia Association Accreditation Board and has sat on government panels on assessment and dyslexia and has been engaged in a number of United Nations funded projects as a learning difficulties expert on assessment and practice for dyslexia.

Victoria Dewhurst

Victoria Dewhurst is our SEND Law expert, although her knowledge and experience in a wide range of areas supporting children and their parents with Special Educational Needs, including those with dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia is extensive. 

Victoria has a PGCE in Secondary Science, Masters in Science, and a GDL in Law. She is a Lancashire Healthy Schools Specialist. Victoria is a specialist SEND Tutor and helps young people with SEN/D diagnosis and ECHP documentation. Victoria is a Level. 4 Disability. Mentor for students at UCLAN, supporting those with Dyslexia, mental health and ASD. Victoria’s experience spreads also in social care intervention and assessment. She is an advocate for young people who have been involved in the judicial system and has worked across both Mainstream and Special Schools.

Victoria strives to support parents with an understanding of the holistic approach as this is essential for supporting pupils with dyslexia. Victoria helps parents with the legal system regarding SEN/D and funding allocation and overall has 18 years experience in education. Victoria has written bespoke education packages for excluded pupils, LAC, home educated young people that may have dyslexia.

Neil Mackay

We are delighted to have Neil Mackay as one of our guest experts.

Previously Senior Teacher/SENCO in a large secondary school in North Wales and now an independent consultant and trainer since 2000, Neil MacKay originated the phrase and the concept “Dyslexia Friendly Schools. 

As a consultant specialising in Dyslexia and other SEN issues Neil has worked with Education Departments of the UK, Hong Kong and Singapore, Jersey and Malta on teacher training and awareness initiatives, delivered training to international school teachers in Bangkok  and Singapore and also with local teachers in Hong Kong through EDB.  Neil has written and delivered a 60 hour course for secondary teachers at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, focussing on identifying and meeting the needs of dyslexic students in Chinese Medium and English Medium schools.

Also he has run successful writing skills courses for children from the international community in Hungary and launched the Kuwaiti Government’s Dyslexia Friendly Schools Initiative.  He is the International Consultant for the Dyslexia Foundation of New Zealand – www.dfnz.org.nz  and he runs workshops in inclusive classroom practice and meeting the needs of vulnerable learners across New Zealand.

 

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Alan Heath

Alan Heath is a Psychologist, Author and specialist in auditory and sensory processing. He has presented at major Educational Conferences in the UK for many years and is known as a lively and inspiring speaker. He is a dedicated speaker for NASEN (National Association for Special Educational Needs) and has trained teachers and presented at conferences across Europe, the Middle East and the USA.

He is the co-developer of TAVS – the Test of Auditory and Visual Skills and The Movement Program, a 12-week developmental movement and rhythm programme to improve learning and motor function for children of 7 years upwards.

Alan is the Director of Learning Solutions which, since 1996, has worked directly with children and adults, offering assessment and remediation services for a variety of learning and sensory challenges.

Arran Smith

Arran is our Dyslexia-Academy ICT Guest Expert. Arran classes himself as one of the 4% of the population as a severely dyslexic adult.

When Arran was aged 9 he was diagnosed with dyslexia. He uses the metaphor that dyslexia is like going to the dentist, well that’s how it was for him all the way until he was 14, this was the age when he realised that dyslexia is a difference not a disadvantage.

During Arran’s working life he has worked in many industries including youth work, retail business and the not-for-profit sector. Arran has worked within the dyslexia sector for over 15 years. He is chairman of the Leicestershire Dyslexia Association and previously  worked and volunteered for the British Dyslexia Association in varied roles.

Arran has spoken at many large conferences and events across the UK and more recently spoke at a national conference in India.

Despite Arran being severely dyslexic Arran uses technology to support his needs and without technology he would not be doing what he is doing today.