Helen Hawkes

 B.Sc. (Hons), PGCE, PG Dip in SEND(Dyslexia), BPS, CCET, APC (Patoss)

Post Graduate Diploma in Special Educational Needs (Dyslexia) from Middlesex University

Member of the British Psychological Society

Member of Patoss

SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate number; 500002748-IF8218 issued by Patoss


Overview


I have been a primary school teacher for 27 years. Through class teaching I became aware of children who had dyslexia and wanted to find the best ways to help them. I studied a Post Graduate Certificate in Dyslexia and Literacy. Whilst teaching part time at a primary school I also started a part time job with Dyslexia Action in Leeds, teaching children who were struggling with their reading and spelling in main stream schools.

Working with the children in Leeds I realised the importance of identifying dyslexia so that students can gain access to specialist help. I decided to train to become a qualified assessor which led to the completion of my Post Graduate Diploma and gaining my Assessment Practising Certificate.


I continue to teach part time in a local primary school, whilst also working with Dyslexia Network in Harrogate to tutor and assess students. I love the opportunity tutoring gives to get to know a student’s strengths, weaknesses and personality in more depth than is possible in a whole class situation.


Hobbies: Brownie leader and more recently a mentor for new leaders and Assistant Division Commissioner, Singing,  Learning BSL (British Sign Language)

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