Special Events/Announcements

Teacher Training

OCR has withdrawn its SpLD courses but Fairley House will be offering an alternative from September 2019.  We have designed a similar course which has been validated by the CPD Standards Office.  

The Level 5 course focuses on specialist teaching and will enable successful candidates to apply for Approved Teacher Status or Approved Practitioner Status of the BDA or to apply for a Teaching Practice Certificate from Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS).

The Level 7 course focuses on teaching a more complex learner with SPLD and assessing.  Successful candidates can apply for Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) and an Assessment Practising Certificate from either the BDA or PATOSS which is recognised by SASC.  Qualified assessors who hold the Level 7 Diploma are able to assess learners for Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) and access arrangements for public examinations. 

Applications are now welcome for September 2019

Quotes from former students:-

'The course was well organised and the timing and pacing helped me manage working full-time and meet the course deadlines.  My tutor was perceptive and encouraging throughout the year.' 

'OCR 5 has changed my life and has allowed me to pursue a teaching career that suits my lifestyle and my family while benefiting the greatest number of learners possible.  Thank you'.

The organisation of the course was excellent, particularly the week by week breakdown that enabled me to balance and organise my life.'

'The course was very well run and organised with lots of support.'

'As a teacher of learners with SLPd, I found all the information given in the course, as well as the research I did as part of the course, extremely interesting and helpful.  Since comleting the OCR, I have found my lessons are reflecting the work I did for the course'.

'The course has improved my understanding of the challenges facing children with SPLd and how best to support them'.

'I really liked the fact you could download the lectures to your computer and still use them post course - a huge plus for me.  I felt my tutor was exemplary and went above and beyond.  Overall, one very happy customer and it is one of the best things I have done!'

Course Director

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 Jackie Murray is an Educational Psychologist and is the School Psychologist for Fairley House School. She has taught in the United States and in the UK both at primary and secondary levels and has been a secondary school Senco. Jackie was on the pilot course of the RSA Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties from 1985 to 1986, gaining a distinction and becoming a course tutor in 1988 at Watford Dyslexia Unit and the National Hospital’s College of Speech Sciences. She was Principal of Fairley House School from 1997 to 2013. She is currently Director of the Level 5 course at Fairley House and began tutoring the course in 2013.

Level 7 Diploma Course Manager and Lead Tutor

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Meg Monaghan is a Specialist Teacher Assessor (APC) and is the Course Manager and Lead Tutor for the Level 7 course at Fairley House School.  She has taught and assessed in the UK at all levels from primary to adults in the state and private sector.

Meg undertook her OCR Level 5 at Fairley House in 2010 and went on to study her OCR Level 7 with the Helen Arkell Centre in 2011.  Following qualification, she established her private practice and worked as a SpLD tutor and in her local cluster primary school as a Specialist Teacher to support EHCP plan provisions.  

She gained her APC in 2013 and has assessed all ages, especially for JCQ Access Arrangements (AAs), Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) applications and adults seeking Work Place Needs Assessments. 

In 2014 Meg worked as a Specialist Teacher and Assessor for JCQ Access Arrangements at Barton Peveril Sixth Form with additional responsibilities to support EHCP provision and staff training in compliance with the 2014 SEN Code of Practice.

She joined Fairley House School as an OCR Level 5 Tutor in 2016 and OCR Level 7 Tutor in 2017.