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Family Information Day 2022

Education Committee Workshop

The Education Committee look to support the work of the BDA in driving forward the BDA strategy to raise the profile and access to help for those with dyslexia.

Workshops will include practical strategies for Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Parents to use to help support their Dyslexic child

More info to follow.

Education Committee - Michelle Catterson

Michelle is currently Headteacher of the independent specialist dyslexia school, Moon Hall.

Michelle has always had a keen interest in working with children with special educational needs. Her career in Education has included work with children who have typically struggled with traditional teaching methods and who are ultimately unable to access standard classroom learning.

Michelle has also been a state School Governor and continues as a member of several APPG’s including the APPG’s for Dyslexia, Dyspraxia and Social Justice. Prior to taking on the role of Chair of Board at the BDA, Michelle was the Vice Chair and Head of Education Committee.

Early intervention and support are a key focus area for Michelle as she believes that with the right support and understanding in place in the early formative years, many dyslexic individuals would avoid well-documented negative experiences of education which can be so damaging.

Michelle’s extensive experience in the education sector and visionary leadership will take the BDA through this exciting time with passion and momentum.

Lucy Pelling

Lucy is Head of SEN at Moon Hall School, a mainstream specialist dyslexia school. Lucy has been in teaching for over 20 years and in SEN for over 10; holding a variety of SEN positions in state, private and specialist settings. She holds the National Award for SENCos and has a Masters in Special Educational Needs and Inclusion. Lucy is passionate about reducing barriers to learning for all neurodiverse children and is particularly interested in co-occurring needs in addition to dyslexia and mental health in children and adolescents.

Laura Parkin Brown

Laura is Head of Therapy at Moon Hall School. She is a qualified Occupational Therapist and Sensory Integration Practitioner with a passion for working with children: helping them grow and develop into independent and confident individuals. Laura aims to integrate therapy into students' routines seamlessly and effectively, helping students better access their therapies and education.