BA (Hons), MA Literacy Learning & Literacy Difficulties, PGCE, PGCSEND, Dip SpLD (Level 7); Dyslexia Assessor and Assessor for Access Arrangements (APC).
Hello, my name is Linda.
Having completed my PGCE at the University of Roehampton in 1998, I decided to pursue my keen interest in teaching children with special educational needs and completed my Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties at the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre in 2005, followed by an MA in Literacy Learning & Literacy Difficulties at University College London in 2011.
After gaining over 20 years’ teaching experience in both the state and independent sectors, including 15 years as a SENCo at three leading schools in London, I joined the team at Words First. I have learned so much from being part of a multi-disciplinary team at Words First that is highly skilled, incredibly supportive and inspiring.
Words First’s unique approach to supporting pupils’ language and literacy development provides endless opportunities to work collaboratively with my colleagues and always of maximum benefit for our pupils and parents.
I believe that all learners have the ability to reach their potential regardless of learning challenges, and that the assessment process should be a positive one that allows learners to see how their strengths can help them overcome any specific learning difficulties.
In my spare time I am a Pilates devotee and love being outdoors, especially if it involves long coastal walks with my energetic spaniels! If you asked my close friends to describe me, they would say I am compassionate, loyal and thoroughly appreciate the benefits of a good laugh together!