Upcoming Events

Saturday, 7 March 2020, 9.30 am – 12.30 pm - Cognitive Science Investigators – Study Skills for 16+

Jack Swales and Tom Freeman bring over 20 years of teaching experience to this workshop on the cognitive science of learning. The workshop aims to give delegates an understanding of the evidence behind a range of key learning strategies including retrieval practice, spaced practice and dual coding. Practical ways will then be presented on how these strategies can be used to support students in learning more efficiently and effectively. Delegates should then feel equipped to pass these strategies onto the students they work with in order to prepare them for their further education studies.

 The event will be suitable for teachers, tutors and SENCos.

Jack and Tom bring over 20 years of teaching experience to this workshop on the cognitive science of learning. They both work at Oriel High School, a large 11-18 comprehensive school in Crawley.

Jack is the Director of Learning for teacher training and continuing professional development. His particular interest is bridging the gap between the science of learning and classroom practice. He teaches Physics and Psychology at GCSE and A-level and has been inspired by the work of the Learning Scientists to bring research based evidence into his teaching and learning.

Tom is currently a teacher of Psychology and Physical Education. He has taught sports psychology and the acquisition of skills for over ten years as well as Psychology for the last three. He has previously been a head of learning community, specialising in behaviour and the progression of pupils learning. It is through these roles that he has been keenly interested in the subject of memory and improving performance. He too, looks at how theories based around these topics can be implemented on a day to day basis within a school environment. 

Further details available late August/early September.

Future events

We are currently finalising  the rest of our 2020 programme. 

Mailing List:

If you are not on our mailing list, please consider signing up now using the link here and be one of the first to hear about this and future events.

Past events include:

  • October 2019 Study Morning - Access Arrangements - Update / Refresher Course for 2019-20

It was a pleasure to welcome back the course tutor, Lia Castiglione from communicate-ed, to share her expertise. 

Every year, there are changes in the regulations for Access Arrangements. Lia expertly guided the delegates through the changes for 2019/20. She used comprehensive slides and hand outs throughout which were excellent and easy to follow. As the subject of Access Arrangements can be complicated, Lia talked through not only the 'rationale' but also the very important aspect of 'Evidence of Need' in different scenarios.

At the end of a very full morning, Lia shared hand outs which covered the importance of 'Supporting Young People with Mental Health Issues.' Usefully, this was linked to exam situations and how difficulties, such as anxiety, can be addressed.

This was an excellent presentation which received very positive feedback from delegates.

  • June 2019 Study Morning - Caroline Bateman - Assistive Technology and IT for Learners with Dyslexia

This was a very welcome return from Caroline Bateman, a learning technology consultant with considerable experience, both personal and professional, of dyslexia. Starting from a wish to help her own children’s learning, Caroline has developed Achieve Now, an organisation working in partnership with schools and families, in which she shares her extensive knowledge of the IT solutions available to transform learning for those with literacy difficulties.

Caroline gave a comprehensive and detailed outline of the range of technological solutions available for learners whose specific difficulties present a barrier to traditional academic learning.  In addition, she was able to speak from personal experience, giving valuable insight and information that takes time and effort to find.  Delegates appreciated the extent and quality of information shared, and have again asked for a return visit in the future.

“Very clear and well explained. So inspirational!” “Very detailed, targeted and professional.” “I just didn’t know how much was out there – and free!”

  • March 2019 Study Morning - Leona Talsma - Speak-Write: Exploring issues around spoken and written language disorders

Leona led a study morning which explored the background to the label Developmental Language Disorder (DLD) and the historical perspectives of spoken and written language disorders. Discussion took place on whether Dyslexia and DLD were two distinct groups, which factors overlapped and the likelihood of children with DLD developing literacy issues.  As well as the opportunity to network/chat, four detailed case studies and possible interventions/referrals were considered.

Leona qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 1996 and then worked for the NHS for 14 years, predominantly with children in a variety of settings.  She specialised in speech and language disorders and completed her dyslexia diploma in 2002.  For the last 8 years, Leona has been employed directly by a secondary academy as a Speech and Language Therapist and Dyslexia Teacher within their speech, language and dyslexia centre.  She is also a senior lecturer at a university in Kent, teaching on a Speech and Language Therapy training course. In 2015 she completed her Masters with the University of Sheffield, her thesis covering the impact of sleep and off-line processing on word learning.  Leona has a special interest in the link between speech and language disorders and written language difficulties.  She has a thriving private practice specialising in supporting young people with speech, spoken and written language disorders.  Leona has also provided extensive training within school and health settings, co-written three articles, reviewed materials for reviewers, carried out action-research projects and presented her work at conference and to special interest groups.

  • November 2018 Study Morning - Lesley Burnett - Make it Memorable! Strategies to help students with memory difficulties

We have all met learners of various ages who have memory problems. For those with dyslexic or attention difficulties, holding onto information in the memory can be a real problem which has a great impact on both life and learning. Lesley lead a study morning which focused on teaching approaches to help learners of all ages who have memory difficulties as well as suggestions for how to help learners themselves to develop their own strategies.

Lesley has over 40 years’ experience of working in education. She has been a teacher, SENCo and Deputy Head and has also worked as an advisory specialist teacher in both Primary and Secondary schools for East Sussex LA. She co-authored the original Inclusion Development Project on dyslexia and has spoken at conferences both nationally and internationally. From 2009 to 2012, Lesley was the Postgraduate Programme Director for Dyslexia Action, leading the team who designed and delivered the Masters Level specialist course. Lesley now works as an independent dyslexia/SpLD specialist, and is involved in carrying out diagnostic assessments, training teachers, advising in schools, specialist teaching, as well as speaking and writing about dyslexia. She is particularly interested in the effect of Specific Learning Difficulties on self-esteem, motivation and learning.

“It has consolidated what I already know and a message I plan to give the teachers at my school.” “Much better understanding of working memory.”  “I knew most of the strategies but this event was great to reflect on them.”

  • June 2018 Study Morning - Judy Capener - Beyond Phonics: An Introduction to How English Words Really Work

Judy delivered a workshop which focused on how Old English word roots (the precursor to the more advanced Latin and Greek) have influenced the structure, patterns and rules of modern spelling. This practical workshop provided delegates with strategies to show students ways to understand how English words work beyond the phonic level, dispelling the myth that spelling is awkward and contradictory. The strategies were also designed to help students develop thinking skills and independent learning strategies.

Judy Capener is an experienced teacher, teacher trainer and assessor. She is a long-standing member of the British Dyslexia Association Accreditation Board and has been programme leader for several post-graduate courses in SpLD.  More recently she led an OCR Certificate in Teaching Learners with SpLD for teachers under the Rose Review funding. She has delivered extensive dyslexia training in the UK, and abroad including speaking at BDA International Conferences. Her particular interest lies in using a morphological approach to manage the literacy and vocabulary needs of the dyslexic leaner. Currently Judy works independently as a consultant, assessor and teacher of learners with dyslexia. She has served on the PATOSS Board since 2005 and recently handed over the responsibility for co-ordinating and organisation of the PATOSS CPD training programme, but continues as a member of the PATOSS CPD team delivering training on a range of topics.

“I have acquired so much theory and practical knowledge today and the terminology has been demystified!”   “relevant content which will be very helpful in my future tuition” “lovely to have lots of ideas to put into practice”  “I now know what I don’t know! Please ask this speaker back again!”

  • January 2018 Study Morning – Elizabeth Christie – Aspects of Vision and Specific Learning Difficulties

      Elizabeth Christie is an optometrist working in an independent community practice. She works in general optometry but has a special interest in children's vision and, in particular, visual involvement in specific learning difficulties including dyslexia. She is a member of the College of Optometrists and an accredited member of the British Association of Behavioural Optometrists.

      As well as discussing aspects of vision and specific learning difficulties, this study morning provided a great opportunity to learn more about the different professionals and terms that we may come across when considering vision, as well as considering the range of vision symptoms that might occur and how they might be followed up. The importance of a standard eye test before exploring further was apparent. Elizabeth also looked at Meares-Irlen Syndrome and the use of colour to help some vision problems.

      "fascinating and comprehensive" "demystified about what a visual assessment involves!" "clear and well-informed, excellent presenter

    • October 2017 Study Morning - Lia Border - Exam Access Arrangements 2017 - 2018

    Lia Border, an experienced and respected presenter for National PATOSS, came to run a 3 hours SASC accredited training session for our local group. The study morning provided an  opportunity for those involved in Exam Access Arrangements to refresh their knowledge of assessment and reporting procedures for learners with SpLD. This bespoke session included a brief outline of the JCQ regulations and took a look at the changes for the 2017-2018 academic year. The sessionincluded information provided by Nick Lait, Head of JCQ Examination  Services.

    As well as working as a freelance specialist teacher and assessor, Lia is the PATOSS Professional Practice Advisor. This is a varied role which includes coordinating the PATOSS post-graduate module, mentoring programme and professional practice community forum.

    General feedback on the day indicated that attendees valued the opportunity to attend this good quality training without the need to travel to London. A preference was expressed for this face-to-face format, which was engaging and provided the chance to ask questions.

    • June 2017 Study Morning - Sharon Goldie - Developing Metacognition, Self-esteem and Confidence

    Sharon has worked in the field of Special Educational Needs for over 30 years, in a variety of SENCo and dyslexia consultant roles. She now works as an independent dyslexia/SpLD specialist and consultant; supporting students in Higher Education, training teachers and advising in schools. She has trained in the use of Clean Language, Mindfulness and is also a NLP (Neuro Linguistic Programming) trainer.

    The study morning looked at how to help dyslexic learners to become more aware of what they think, how they think and to learn to think. Delegates learned about the theory of clean language and questioning techniques they could use to seek to improve communication, attainment and metacognition. There were also opportunities to try out how to use the set of ‘clean questions’ and the particular way of asking them in different scenarios to help their learners to unlock their creative talents, build confidence in their own abilities and improve their self-esteem.

    Book recommendations were made for those wanting to extend their knowledge but all who were present took away ideas to try with their students immediately, regardless of the students' ages.

    "Some fantastic strategies I can't wait to use" "I have attended a lot of CPD; this is one of the best I have ever attended!" "... has made me more courageous to tackle poor self-esteem."

    • March 2017 Study Morning - Anne Bouet - Comprehension across the Curriculum - practical strategies for KS2/KS3

    Anne's career has given her a wealth of experience including special/mainstream schools, residential settings and local authority support service. She currently works in a secondary school and as an advisory teacher for West Sussex.

    Anne provided interesting insights into why some learners can decode words accurately, but have difficulty understanding the written material they are working with; considering aspects such as vocabulary and working memory and their impacts. This was followed by some practical activities in groups, which attendees can use in their work, promoting lots of discussion and further ideas. Anne also highlighted the annual 'No Pens Wednesday' event, encouraging use of alternative methods of assessment to traditional written work. 

    "Such enthusiasm for the subject, combined with depth and knowledge!" "I wish all the class teachers in my school had had this input today." "Great to network with colleagues."

    • September 2016 Study Morning - Caroline Bateman (www.achievenow.org.ukAssistive Technology and  IT for Learners with Dyslexia, with a focus on Secondary/FE/HE

    Caroline shared how she had started out looking for ways of helping her three dyslexic children achieve their potential academically and become independent learners. A plethora of ideas was covered on how to help students in secondary, further and higher education study independently, including useful demonstrations of software for reading, writing and organisational skills. Many options were free or low cost. 

    “Potentially life-changing!” “Friendly, approachable presenter with good relevant examples”  “Good opportunity to network”

    • May 2016 Study Morning - Jennifer Donovan (Institute of Education, UCL) - Dynamic Assessment - A possible approach to support children with spelling.  

    Jennifer gave an overview of her current research into this exciting area, dovetailing it with recent research in the field. This was followed by involving attendees in some highly relevant workshops exploring practical techniques. The morning was regarded very highly by attendees, who came from a wide range of backgrounds. Everyone left feeling considerably more empowered to support their children with spelling!

    "So interesting and engaging - made me want to go back to Uni!" "Great content - lots of practical ideas! "

    • October 2015 Study Day - Dr Gavin Reid - Dyslexia: Intervention and Classroom Strategies
    • July 2015 - "The Big Picture - Rethinking Dyslexia" (film), followed by the AGM
    • March 2015 - Professor Susan Gathercole on Working Memory

    Brighton and East Sussex PATOSS is a Local Group of PATOSS Ltd. It is a separate body, using the PATOSS name under licence. The opinions expressed on this website do not necessarily represent the views of PATOSS Ltd or of Brighton and East Sussex PATOSS.