SpLD course allowed me to make the move from mainstream teaching
Miranda Dorman completed the Postgraduate Diploma SEN Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).
"I trained as a Biology teacher but while I was not working and bringing up my children, I undertook an Open University Psychology degree.
One of the modules was Child Development and within that course I learnt about specific learning difficulties (SpLD), particularly dyslexia; this coincided with my eldest daughter learning to read and write and my interest was sparked.
I knew that when I went back to work I would like to work in this field and not be a mainstream Biology teacher. Hence I enrolled on the Postgraduate Diploma SEN (Specific Learning Difficulties) course.
I looked forward to starting the course and learning about the theory, but I was apprehensive about the teaching practice part because even though I am a teacher, I did not have experience in this field.
However, I had a lot of support and I enjoyed the teaching practice.
When I started this course, I began a part time job teaching A level Biology at a local comprehensive; my role was just a temporary one, filling in for the school.
Thankfully, now that I have achieved my PG Diploma qualification I am going to be kept on by the school to be their specialist access assessor and SpLD tutor!
I am looking forward to having more freedom in the classroom, rather than being constrained by the curriculum and hopefully making a difference for the students by enabling them to access the curriculum in their normal subjects."