Decipha Community Interest Company

"The Decipha team has assessed a Year 3 pupil at St. Columba's P.S. who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. Last November Celine Barry visited our school to train his classroom assistant, Margaret and his mother in how to implement the Decipha Reading and Literacy programme. I observed at first hand Margaret working with our pupil and I was very impressed with his enthusiasm for and engagement in the programme. It transported him on exciting adventures around the world.

When he was re-assessed in June by Celine, seven months after he had commenced the programme, he had made excellent progress in his reading and his skills in blending and segmenting were developing well. His self-esteem has greatly improved and he has a much more positive attitude to school.

As principal and SENCo, I feel that the Decipha Reading programme has the capacity to not only help children with DMD but also to make a difference in the life of any child who has learning difficulties in literacy. Having witnessed the difference that it has made, I now intend to purchase the licence to implement the programme with targeted pupils in our school with literacy difficulties and working memory problems.
Collette Maguire Principal St Columba's Primary School Clady"

  • Decipha CIC

    We are a non profit Community Interest Company (05469735) regulated by the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. Decipha CIC has been set up to benefit young people and adults with neurological conditions who have special and additional needs. We give advice and support to their carers and family members. Decipha CIC reinvests any profits above working costs and salaries to support programmes for young people in the community.

    We aim to ensure that young people with complex education and medical special needs, their families and carers will be better supported in the future. We will provide training and coaching to enable every young person and adult with complex needs to have a person centred plan that fully meets the aspirations of the family.

    Through individual specialist learning, behaviour and IT assessments we will offer interventions that will improve young people’s literacy, maths and communication skills. We will provide resources, training and access to information that will support young people and their families through life changing transitions from childhood to adulthood.

    Contact us at:
    Decipha CIC
    CAN Mezzanine
    49 - 51 East Road
    N1 6AH
    Tel:  020 7250 8255 Fax: 020 7250 8005

  • Janet Hoskin
    Director and SEN Advisor

    Dr Janet Hoskin Dip SpLD (dyslexia) AMBDA MA PGCE BA(Hons)

    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 is currently developing and managing 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.

  • Celine Barry
    SEN Advisor

    Celine Barry 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

  • Nick Catlin
    Director and SEN Advisor

    Nick Catlin BSc (Hons) PGCE OCR Diploma SpLD

    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.

  • Jane Longford
    SEN Advisor

    Jane Longford 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!

  • Andrea Gill

    Andrea Gill Bsc(econ) 1986;

    Andrea qualified as a solicitor 1993 and has specialised in children law practising in both private practice and local govenment. She currently works as an advisor and advocate at a leading child law advice charity.

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