Ann trained to be a primary teacher in 1989.  Despite completing a PGCE, when she first started teaching, she didn’t feel equipped with the knowledge and skills required to teach her young pupils to read and write effectively and this left a deep impression on her. So much so, she has made it her life’s work to explore the best way to do this.  She has undertaken much training on literacy, reading and spelling, including completing a Level 7 course.

Having gained experience of teaching in mainstream primary classrooms and in secondary learning support, she went on to become a high school SENCO. The move to specialist education seemed natural and for 10 years she worked as an advisory teacher, based in a special school, supporting schools in Manchester to meet the needs of their pupils with SEND. She became an SLE in 2017. She is a frequent writer for pdnet, a network for those who work in education and support children and young people with physical disabilities.

With a focus on pupils with SEND she developed her systematic, synthetic linguistic phonics programme: Phonics for Pupils with Special Educational Needs, which was published in a series of seven books by Routledge in 2018. She now works as an independent consultant on literacy and SEND and has a particular interest in teaching children with severe and complex needs.

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