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Christine Birch B.Ed.P.E., OCR Dip.SpLD (Dyslexia)

Christine Birch is a partner with Anne Mitchell in Consentia Education LLP. She is a qualified specialist teacher who has a wealth of knowledge and wide experience in the field of SEN. At present, she provides full diagnostic assessments and access arrangements assessments along with SEN support in numerous private schools, academies and government schools in London and the South-East of England. Previously, she was the Learning Support Manager for a network of 65 independent schools across the UK. Within this role she was responsible for designing and implementing SEN policy, SEN identification, support procedures, assessment, school SEN performance and SENCo recruitment. Working in partnership with Anne Mitchell, she also provided inset training on Specific Learning Difficulties, Access Arrangements, Screening and Assessment, SENCo and TA training, effective teaching, classroom differentiation and reasonable adjustments for SEN pupils.

Christine’s particular interests include teaching and training teachers about the development and diagnostic assessment of reading and spelling skills. Over the past few years she has conducted numerous courses helping teachers to identify and support dyslexic readers.

Christine worked in conjunction with the British Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia Action, PATOSS and Xtraordinary People with the No to Failure Project (2007 to 2009) funded and supported by the Department for Children, Families & Schools (DCFS). This project screened, identified and supported Dyslexics, results of which formed part of the Rose Review. She has also worked as a SENCo and lectured for many years on OCR courses for teachers of Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia).

Anne Mitchell B.Sc., A, PGCE, Dip.RSA

Anne Mitchell is a partner with Christine Birch in Consentia Education LLP. She is a qualified specialist teacher who has a wealth of experience in the field of SEN. She has worked in the field of specific learning difficulties since 1991 and until 2006 she was the services director of a well-known dyslexia charity where she was responsible for tuition, assessments and some special projects with local authorities.

In 2004/5, Anne was a member of the Department for Education and Skills Working Party on Assessment in Higher Education. She has also worked as a trainer for the British Dyslexia Association, and with Xtraordinary People and the No to Failure Project (2005 to 2009). More recently she worked with Lyndhurst School in Southwark to provide OCR Training funded by the Department for Education for SENCos and teachers in Southwark. Anne also provided services for a large educational trust including consultancy on improving provision for dyslexic learners in secondary schools; in-service training on Specific Learning Difficulties including Dyscalculia, Screening and Assessment; SENCo and TA training; classroom differentiation and reasonable adjustments in accordance with the Disability Discrimination and Equality Act. Presently Anne provides full diagnostic assessments and access arrangements assessments along with SEN support in numerous private schools, academies and government schools in the South-East of England.

Anne’s particular interests include Dyscalculia, Inclusion and making ‘reasonable adjustments’ in the classroom. She has contributed to the PATOSS Guide on Assessment and Reporting published by Hodder Murray. and other publications include an article on Dyslexia and Maths for the British Dyslexia Association Handbook.