Bernadette McLean is Principal at Helen Arkell.
In the 1990s, Bernadette set up the Dyslexia Support Unit at the Roehampton Institute, (now University of Roehampton), and acted as the Co-ordinator for the next four years.
Through the 90’s she continued as Head of Courses to develop Professional Courses at The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. She serves as an External Verifier for OCR (the Oxford, Cambridge and RSA Examination Board) and is a member of the British Dyslexia Accreditation Board. She regularly contributes to regional, national and international Conferences.
In September 2000 she was appointed Academic Director of Helen Arkell and she became the Principal of the Centre in 2006.
Bernadette has served on the DfES working party, reviewing assessment of dyslexic students in Higher Education, contributed to a Dyslexia project for a number of local authorities, and co-authored two books for the Target Series for Teachers, published by Barrington Stoke. She serves as a member of SASC, the National Committee which promotes standards in assessment of Dyslexia and is a founder member of the Dyslexia SpLD Trust.
In September 2009 she was appointed the Chief Verifier of SpLD courses for OCR. In 2010 she edited the BDA Handbook for 2010-11 and co-authored a chapter on professional training for Sage publishing company.
Bernadette regularly lectures across the world, in the UK, Australia, Norway, Cyprus, South Africa and has recently edited two handbooks for the Learning Differences Convention in Australia.
She has worked at Helen Arkell for many years as she is enthusiastic about the positive aspects of dyslexia promoted there. She is keen to celebrate the All Kinds of Differences that dyslexic people exhibit.