BSc (Hons) PGCE OCR Diploma Level 7 SpLD
Director and SEN Advisor
Nick has been a Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) in an East London Secondary School and the Deputy Head of a Pupil Referral Unit. He has a son who is living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. He has worked with children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) for over 30 years including children with complex and severe communication difficulties. He is qualified to undertake psychometric testing with children and adults and assessments for examination access arrangements in school. He has a special interest in assessing and offering support to young people with emotional and behaviour difficulties.
Nick has trained with the Brief Team as a coach using Solution Focussed Brief Therapy and to facilitate Person Centred Planning (PCP) for transition reviews.
Nick was a founding member and CEO of the Charity Action Duchenne. Action Duchenne led the development of new genetic treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and new programmes to support the assessment and intervention for those with learning and behaviour problems. Nick developed the first national online Clinical Trial Registry for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
He worked as a software engineer in two web development companies and can offer advice and support for using ICT for young people with learning and behaviour difficulties.
Dip SpLD (dyslexia) AMBDA MA PGCE BA(Hons)
Director and SEN Advisor
Janet is a Senior Lecturer at University of East London
Janet gained her PhD from the Centre for Child Research University of Swansea in 2012 under the supervision of Professor Angela Fawcett, a renowned international dyslexia expert. Janet designed an online literacy intervention for young people with reading difficulties. In 2011 Janet's 'Include Duchenne' Project, which was funded by the charity Action Duchenne, won the National Lottery Award for Best Education Project.
Before managing Include Duchenne, Janet worked in secondary schools in inner city Nottingham and London for 13 years as Head of History and then as a specialist dyslexia teacher. Janet managed the 'Takin' Charge Project' for Action Duchenne which is a lottery funded Transition to Adulthood programme for young people aged 14-19 years with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy.
M.Ed. Special Educational Needs, Dip. Sp.LD, Dip. Inclusive Education
Celine has over 20 years teaching experience in the areas of Inclusion and Special Education. She is a former Assistant Head Teacher and Inclusion Manager within a large London Comprehensive School. She has previously worked as an SEN Inclusion Officer for an Inner London Education Authority, supporting inclusion within mainstream schools.
She is currently a special educational needs consultant and assessor and is an associate tutor on the National Association of Special Needs Co-ordinator’s (NASCOI) training programme. She also works with schools on whole school development around SEN provision.
Celine has a specialist interest in Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy and works as an assessor and trainer in supporting the learning and psychosocial needs of boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy including supporting them through Transition into apprenticeships, college and/or university placements
Cert Ed BEd MEd Cert SpLD AMBDA
I have thoroughly enjoyed working with the Decipha programme for the past 4 years. I lecture on SpLD at Herefordshire College of Technology, work in schools and colleges to advise and assess for exam access arrangements, and do some 1:1 teaching for Literacy and Maths. I live in Gloucestershire with Jim; enjoy gardening, keeping hens and geese, walking, cooking and reading. My 3 (adult) children encourage me to keep fit, and I try to enjoy it!
BSc (Econ) 1986
Andrea qualified as a solicitor 1993 and has specialised in children law practising in both private practice and local government. She currently works as an advisor and advocate at a leading child law advice charity.