SpLD course allowed me to make the move from mainstream teaching

MIRANDA, Postgraduate Diploma in SEN Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)

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."