Helen’s Place was founded by Helen Ross, a Special Educational Needs specialist and dyslexia expert. She is passionate about supporting young people to be their best ‘self’ through holistic intervention, with a focus on building positive working relationships with all stakeholders in their education. Helen is a believer in evidence-based practice being a vital tool in teaching. She maintains her own knowledge of good-practice through the undertaking of research and ongoing CPD. She is an active researcher-practitioner, who promotes practitioners engaging with research and vice-versa through her paid work and her voluntary positions.
If students are happy and enjoying their lessons, they are more able to learn. Helen is passionate about giving teachers and other educational professionals the skills to support learners to achieve this.
At Helen’s Place, we aim to provide skills and insight to help learners and professionals to reach for the stars!
Helen started teaching in Barnsley, South Yorkshire and worked initially as a secondary maths and French teacher. She found teaching maths and helping young people unpick problems enjoyable and loved supporting them to find creative ways to solve problems. Helen has worked to help young people with their literacy in small groups and found that, when their confidence with literacy increased, their overall academic progress improved.
She is a fully qualified Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) and alongside providing support to other professionals and undertaking research, she currently works part time as a SEN teacher in a mainstream school. In addition to her paid work, Helen also undertakes voluntary roles; she is the SEN Academy Councillor at a local primary school, where she provides critical oversight of special needs provision within the school, works alongside the SENCo to sure statutory obligations are met effectively and provides advice relating to ‘best practice’. She also volunteers there one morning per week, where she supports learners who find literacy difficult. Helen is Chair of the Wiltshire Dyslexia Association, where she supports the running of events, provides expert advice on pedagogy and contributes to the Association social media networks.
At Helen’s Place we are fully DBS checked and members of the Chartered College of Teaching.
AMBDA Training: Bath Spa University September 2018 onwards.
Pg Cert National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination: University of Bedfordshire
PhD ‘Where do I fit it? Exploring how dyslexic young people experience social interactions in a mainstream secondary school’: University of Bath
MRes Social Policy: University of Bath
MA Education: The Open University
PGCE Secondary Modern Foreign Languages: Sheffield Hallam University
MEng (hons) Mechanical Engineering with French: University of Sheffield