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MirandaNet Fellowship Profiles (MirandaNet Archive - as of March 2015)
I work part time for Dyslexia Action as Head of Research and Professional Development. In this new post I am responsible for the evaluation and professional development of Dyslexia Action’s national teaching, assessment and training services. I am also responsible for the Education Committee consisting of external advisors with the task of ensuring that practice within the organisation reflects the most up-to-date research evidence.
I am also Co-Director of the Dyslexia-SplD Trust, responsible for the delivery of a government-funded programme of work that is delivered by the Trust staff and partner organisations. This work centres on advice in the development of standards in assessment, teaching and training and the promotion of evidence-based educational practice. As the Trust serves as Government’s link organisation with the voluntary sector, the Director’s role requires extensive participation in meetings and networking events and contributions to briefing papers, articles and other publications.
The work for the Dyslexia-Specific Learning Difficulties Trust developed from the publication of Sir Jim Rose’s independent report to Government ‘Identifying and Supporting pupils with dyslexia and literacy difficulties’. I had served on the on the Expert Advisory Group to Sir Jim Rose’s review and contributed significantly to the review process and the final report. I was also member of the Government Working Party which produced guidance in 2005 on assessment standards for Specific Learning Difficulties in Higher Education and I continue to serve on SASC- the National body charged with maintaining standards in assessment of Specific Learning Difficulties.
My research career has included 3 years working on a behaviour-genetic study of learning difficulties as well as research on reading development and on educational applications of ICT. I was the UK partner of a EU-funded research project on developing software to promote inclusive literacy teaching AGENT-DYSL.
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