About

My Skills and Experience

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 fulfil 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 can offer coaching in handwriting and touch typing. I am a Learning Support Tutor with the University of Swansea, 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.

A Bit About Me

I came into teaching as a second career, having moved to Brighton to go to university age 49. Never stop learning is my motto. After 5 years as a teacher of mathematics, I took a post-graduate course in dyslexia and have found my passion – supporting people with SpLD (specific learning difficulties) to reach their potential.

I moved from Brighton to Swansea in September 2019 because the beaches here are more beautiful and less crowded – and there are better sea kayaking opportunities too!

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)