Category Archives: Speakers

Bob Hext

Image for Bob Hext’s LinkedIn activity called Crossbow Education Corp (our US company) will be exhibiting...

I got a degree in French with English at University College London, then qualified as a teacher in 1973. Was a secondary school teacher for 20 years (English, French and SEN) then started Crossbow Education in 1993, publishing literacy games I had developed with my dyslexic students. Taught part-time until 2004. Anne (my wife) and I designed and patented the Eye Level Reading Ruler in 2005.
Crossbow now employs 15 people and has won the UK Educational Supplier of the Year (small business division) award for the last two successive years. The Eye Level Reading Ruler was a finalist SEN Product of the Year in 2006, a year after it was launched, and again in 2013. In 2014 our complete Visual Stress Collection, including our Visual Stress Assessment Pack, won the SEN product of the Year award.

Julia Rowlandson

Julia Rowlandson BA Hons, PGCE, Dip SpLD, AMBDA

As the parent of a dyslexic child and a teacher, I believe that every
student is an individual who has a right to an education which enables
them to fulfil their potential.
My strengths lie as a practitioner. Understanding learning differences
and teaching in a multi-sensory way is vital for those with learning
differences.
In delivering training, my aim is to empower teachers to review and select different techniques to suit each learner. I draw on both established and innovative techniques gathered from my years of experience in teaching, lecturing, educational publishing and consulting.

Julia Rowlandson

Caroline Bateman

 

Who is behind Achieve Now?

Hi, my name is Caroline, and I’m a learning technology consultant with personal experience of dyslexia – all my three children are dyslexic, and perhaps unsurprisingly, so am I.

I set up Achieve Now to provide the help and support that I wish had been available for my own family.  I have seen first-hand the negative impact of children being incorrectly labelled as lazy, disruptive or just plain ‘stupid’.  I understand the disruption that dyslexia can cause for the whole family and the long-term effect it can have on the self-esteem and confidence of the child.

DYSLEXIC CHILDREN ARE OFTEN EXTREMELY BRIGHT BUT ARE UNDERACHIEVING ACADEMICALLY DUE TO A SIMPLE LACK OF KNOWLEDGE

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A passion for transforming dyslexic learning

Having personally experienced so many challenges with dyslexia, I have a passion to see real change in how dyslexics’ needs are understood by parents, schools and even the children themselves.  I absolutely delight to see dyslexic children engage with learning and start to fulfil their personal and academic potential.

Having worked in the IT industry for the first part of my professional life, I suspected that IT would provide some solutions to the challenges of traditional academic attainment.  My suspicions have since proven correct as I am now convinced that the effective use of IT is the cornerstone of transforming the dyslexics’ learning experience.

THE TOOLS TO TRANSFORM DYSLEXIC LEARNING ARE OUT THERE.  THEY JUST NEED TO BE SHARED.

 

At the heart of Achieve Now is the belief that children benefit enormously when schools and parents work in partnership, equipped with understanding and practical advice.  My aim is to share what I’ve learned in a relevant, affordable way with every possible interested party.

I HOPE YOU ENJOY BROWSING MY WEBSITE TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE WORK I DO WITH CHILDREN, PARENTS AND SCHOOLS.

If you have any questions at all about my work or are interested in working with me, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.  

Get to know Caroline better read an interview by Kent West Dyslexia Association

Finton O’Regan

We are delighted to welcome back Fintan O’Regan who will

be giving a short talk followed by a question and answer session.

Fin is one of the leading behaviour and learning specialists

in the UK. He is currently an SEN and Behaviour Consultant

for the Schools Network and an associate lecturer for

Leicester University, the National Association of Special

Needs, Tribal Education and the Institute of Education.