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I took over as Company Director of Brainwaves Education LTD in September 2017, from my mother Jane Dupree. Brainwaves Education continues to provide a wide range of assessment services, including full diagnostic assessment and exam access arrangement testing. I carry out assessments either in school or from my base in Great Horkesley, just outside Colchester, Essex. In addition, I also carry out consultancy work for PATOSS (Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties). This includes mentoring newly qualified assessors and tutoring individuals who are currently studying for their Assessment Practising Certificate.
I have worked in the field of education since 2003, having completed a BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and Literary Studies and a PGCE in Primary Education. I have always had a passion for working with individuals with a range of additional needs and commenced my career teaching in a school for children with severe and profound learning difficulties. In 2004-2005 I worked as an Area SENCO for Essex County Council, which involved delivering training to a number of early years settings on how to deliver the SEN Code of Practice, focusing on delivering effective, inclusive practice.
After having a career break to raise my own young children, I embarked on carrying out a portfolio of work within the field of both Early Years Education and Special Education Needs- this is where my passion lies! I have a personal interest in supporting both children and adults with a range of learning difficulties due to the fact that I have a son on the autistic spectrum and understand the stress and frustration that parents can often experience when trying to access appropriate assessment, intervention and support.
In 2007 I began working as a Lecturer for The Open University, teaching the Foundation Degree in Early years Education. During this time, I became increasingly interested in supporting adult learners who appeared to be struggling with their academic studies for a number of reasons, often due to an undiagnosed SpLD. In 2011 I was asked to work as a Study Skills Tutor for The Open University, supporting students who were required to retake their examinations or resubmit their dissertations. I found this work highly rewarding and decided that I wished to develop my career within the field of SpLD. In 2011-2012 I became an Open University student myself and successfully completed the postgraduate module ‘Difficulties in Literacy Development’, a British Dyslexia Association recognised qualification. In 2012 I then gained AMBDA FE/HE and my SpLD assessment practising certificate.
I began working for Brainwaves Education in 2012, carrying out diagnostic assessments for both children and adults as well as providing specialist one to one tuition, including DSA tuition, frequently delivered via Skype, and it is a role I thoroughly enjoy. With the Dyslexia Centre in Glemsford closing in the Summer of 2017, and tuition going online via BrainwavesInternational.Online I became responsible for the continuing assessment services being offered.
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