Ros is a UK and NZ trained educational specialist, whose main focus is remedial literacy teaching and learning difficulties / disabilities. She is an experienced teacher and qualified dyslexia tutor and assessor with extensive experience in NZ and UK schools. She holds the Oxford and Cambridge Diploma in Specific Learning Disability (Dyslexia), which is
a masters level qualification in specialist teaching and assessment.
Ros has many years of mainstream teaching experience – and is also the mother and wife of dyslexics! Her previous specialist experience includes being Head of English and Special Needs in a school for boys with severe emotional and behavioural needs, and class teacher for children with severe and profound learning disabilities. Christchurch based, Ros spent five years as an assessor and Assistant Director at the Seabrook McKenzie Centre in Christchurch. She also started the Step by Step Centre in Christchurch, a tuition and assessment centre which provided tuition for over 130 pupils a week.
Ros is the author of the online literacy programme, StepsWeb and its supporting resources and games. StepsWeb is now being used in over 1400 schools worldwide. As an independent researcher, Ros developed a new spelling test standardized for NZ learners and for computer use. In conjunction with Auckland University, she also developed the Visual Recognition Test, which identifies whether a learner is able to use the correct area of the brain for orthographic mapping (instant recognition of words without conscious decoding). This test is a genuine world-first and is now built into StepsWeb.
Ros also provides professional development and consultancy services to a variety of primary and high schools as well as to adult education providers, SPELD tutors and other specialists.
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