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Rachel Rhodes

Rachel Rhodes BMus (Hons), LTCL, PCGE, Adv.DipEd Dip, SpLD APC

Rachel has been associated with Helen Arkell for several years, first as a student and then as a Helen Arkell Specialist Assessor and a tutor on the OCR Level 5 Specialist Teacher course. She has over thirty years experience as a class teacher working in a range of schools in London and the South East, with exciting and varied responsibilities along the way. Looking for ways to better support learners in her classroom and inspired by colleagues who had gained qualifications at HADC, Rachel decided to re-train as both a Specialist Teacher and then an Assessor at Helen Arkell and was honoured to be invited to stay.

Alongside her role at Helen Arkell, Rachel is SENCo in a Surrey prep school and also works independently, teaching specialist lessons to individual learners from Key Stage 1, 2 and 3. She has a passion for observing and identifying learning differences in the early years to support early intervention, and is continually exploring new ideas for multi- sensory teaching both to recommend to others and to support the needs of the dyslexic learners she teaches.

Rachel is a keen advocate for empowering the individual to celebrate and play to his or her strengths, compensating for and overcoming the difficulties often posed by a neuro-diverse profile. Her experience of dyslexia, both its impact and its possibilities, stems from the journey she has taken with members of her own family through school, university and the workplace.

She is delighted to be part of the specialist team at Helen Arkell and loves her work at the Centre.

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