Diane Thurlow

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Following the birth of my second child, I sought a teaching position, considering it would be more flexible with a young family. So, I lectured for thirteen years in the Construction department of a local further and higher education college after initially working as an Architect in London and Suffolk. Whilst in post I completed a City and Guilds 7307 teaching qualification followed by a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) in 2000. It was a fulfilling job and I met many young dyslexic men who contrary to their own expectations succeeded firstly in their chosen craft area and then often proceeded into higher education, to get their degrees taking them into a variety of construction management positions.

With a dyslexic child, a family history of dyslexia and with my experience from the college I decided to move toward special educational needs teaching. To this end, I took the same route as Emma and through the Open University commenced the postgraduate module ‘Difficulties in Literacy Development’ in 2012, a British Dyslexia Association qualification leading to Associate member of The British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) FE/HE and my SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) through Patoss in 2015. This allows me to conduct diagnostic assessments and exam access arrangement assessments for GCSE and A Level as part of our report writing in the Dyslexia and Literacy Support Centre.

I also assess privately, students requiring a Post 16 diagnostic assessment used for University and for application for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA). From my experience doing diagnostic assessments, I am acutely aware of the difference specialist intervention can make. The difference success and perseverance has on self-esteem and confidence I know is immeasurable. I am proud to be a committee member of the Suffolk Dyslexia Association a charitable organisation who, through their fundraising, have helped and advised many people locally over many years. I  have tutored and supported students as part of their GCSE maths and English.

It is with great delight that I commence work with the team at Brainwaves International who we know make such a difference to students’ and parents’ lives.

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