Ros works as a Dyslexia Coordinator at a multi-sited FE college in the West Midlands. In this role she organises student support for Dyslexia as well as assessing and supporting dyslexic students.
Ros’s winding career path began as a solicitor, moved through working in the voluntary sector as a trainer, and ultimately led to a variety of teaching roles in adult/further education and family literacy classes, teaching Law, ESOL, Key Skills and Adult Literacy. Her interest in dyslexia began when, as an ESOL tutor, she taught a young lady whose spoken English had progressed to Level 2 and yet who was unable to write at Entry Level 1, despite years of teaching and effort. Over her years in teaching Ros became increasingly aware of other students who had failed to learn to read and write, and had no explanation for this, yet who were often successful at the practical and creative aspects of their chosen vocational courses. She began training to achieve her qualifications in Adult Dyslexia Diagnosis and Support, and finally transferred to the Dyslexia team in college in 2009.
Ros is interested in the use of kinaesthetic and holistic teaching methods as a way to improve the educational outcomes for all students. It is her belief that much of what is seen as “Dyslexia friendly” teaching would advantage not only those with dyslexia, but all students. She continues to promote inclusive teaching practice.