Helen has a Masters from the Institute of Education, her dissertation was titled; “Can speech recognition software improve independent writing skills for children with SPLD and ASD?” The focus of the dissertation was on improving knowledge, learning and self- esteem through the use of speech recognition software in the classroom, with the aim of introducing assistive technology into examination settings. Helen has been an advisory teacher, working with students with complex needs putting AT into the classroom to enable them to have a voice and reach their true potential.
Helen is working with the Exam Officers Association to improve the level of support given to teachers via the Association website, regarding strategies that they can use to encourage students to become more independent learners with particular focus on examination strategies. Helen will be responsible for updating the website to include information on resources available to teachers, students and parents to assist with examination preparation and for use during examinations.
Helen has 25 years of classroom experience in secondary and primary teaching and management in mainstream, PRUs and special schools, and in special needs support. Her work has included; supporting schools, teachers and pupils, by re-writing curriculums/ SOW for inclusion, supporting staff with CPD, running workshops on SEN strategies and supporting parents to encourage their children’s learning and development.