About

Sheila Brooks

I am an experienced, qualified teacher of Mathematics, and enjoy the challenge of adapting my teaching to the needs of individual students. No two learners are alike! However, it was the frustration of seeing students struggling with difficulties that could have been picked up sooner that led me to finding out how dyslexia is identified, and what support can be given.

Some people with dyslexia have problems with mathematics; others enjoy the logic of it. Dyspraxia or weak working memory may also impact on numeracy and literacy. Dyscalculia is less well understood but is a lack of the basic building blocks of numeracy. Whatever the learning style, a patient approach with a personalised, structured, multi-sensory programme enables every learner to make progress. Good classroom teaching can meet many of these needs, although specialist intervention can be invaluable.

Whilst mathematics will always be my favourite subject, my passion is to support all learners fufill their potential. I work with children from year 3 upwards, helping them with literacy, numeracy, self-awareness and self-confidence. I work with students in secondary education, where study skills can also be supported. I offer coaching in handwriting and touch typing. I am a Learning Support Tutor with the University of Brighton, developing strategies  with students of all ages on a wide range of courses.

Whether you are a parent/carer or learner of any age, please do not hesitate to contact me to discuss your situation. I would be delighted to hear from you.

 Qualifications

  • BA (Hons, First class) in Secondary Education with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) in Mathematics (University of Brighton)
  • Certificate in Pure Mathematics (Open University)
  • Post-Graduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties (Edge Hill University)
  • Assessment Practising Certificate, awarded by PATOSS

Professional Membership

  • Full member of PATOSS (Professional Association of Teachers with Specific Learning Difficulties)
  • Full member of the BDA (British Dyslexic Association)