Dyslexia, Education and Mental Health Conference
22nd June 2019
St. Paul’s Church, St. Paul’s Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP

Dr Gavin Reid
9.00 – 10.00 a.m. Dyslexia: Assessment and Learning – a Holistic Approach

This presentation will focus on key issues in assessment and interventions for children with dyslexia. This will include the LEARN formula for dealing with dyslexia in the classroom; effective learning; dealing with the barriers to learning; intervention approaches; self-esteem and motivation and emotional well-being.

Dr Gavin Reid is an international psychologist and author. He was a classroom teacher and
university lecturer and has written over 30 books in the field of dyslexia and learning. His books have been translated into seven languages. He lectures worldwide and has regular
international consultancies. Dr. Reid is Chair of the British Dyslexia Association Accreditation Board. He has sat on government panels on assessment and dyslexia and has been engaged in a number of United Nations-funded projects as a learning difficulties expert.

Professor Janice Wearmouth
10.15 – 11.00 am The Voice of the Learner

The presentation will address the questions:
– what do current law in England and understandings of the learning process tell us
about putting the learner at the centre?
– what are some of the implications for teachers?
– what are the implications for schools?
– what are some of the implications for learners?’

In her work Janice Wearmouth brings together a concern for the learner whose educational experience is problematic with a concern for professionals who have to deal with, and mitigate,  the problems that are experienced, and facilitate opportunities for learning. Since 2000 she has been researching and publishing on issues related to dyslexia and literacy difficulties, behavioural concerns in schools, teacher professional development and inclusion, with colleagues in New Zealand, at the University of Waikato and the Ministry of Education, and colleagues in the UK. She has translated this theorising and research to make it accessible to professionals from a wide range of backgrounds. Much of this work has been externally funded by central government and other institutions. In 2009 she won the National Association of Special Educational Needs (NASEN) book of the year award in the category teacher professional development for her publication: Wearmouth, J (2009) A Beginning Teacher’s Guide to Special Educational Needs, Buckingham: Open University Press, and in September, 2017, she was the
Routledge Author of the Month for Education. Currently she is working with colleagues on
projects to raise the achievement of learners in secondary schools.

Arran Smith: Microsoft
11.00 – 11.30 a.m. Supporting Learners with Technology: Empowering Potential

At Microsoft, the Mission is to empower every person and every organisation on the planet to achieve more. With more than 1 billion people in the world with disabilities, there is no limit to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of all those who use it.

Arran Smith, Microsoft’s UK SEND & Dyslexia Consultant, will be talking about Assistive
Technology which has been brought into mainstream use which enables teachers, students and dyslexic people of all ages to access the inbuilt assistive technology anytime anywhere. Arran will talk about the functionality that has been added into Office 365 and Windows 10 that can help to support its dyslexic users. He will also be looking at how it can support students with dyslexia and SEND and the support they may need.

Arran classes himself as one of the 4% of the population who is a severely dyslexic adult.
When Arran was aged 9 he was diagnosed with dyslexia. He uses the metaphor that dyslexia is like going to the dentist, well that’s how it was for him all the way until he was 14, this was the age when he realised that dyslexia is a difference not a disadvantage.
During Arran’s working life he has worked in many industries including youth work, retail
business and the not-for-profit sector. Arran has worked within the dyslexia sector for over 15  years. He is chairman of the Leicestershire Dyslexia Association and previously worked and volunteered for the British Dyslexia Association in varied roles.
Arran has spoken at many large conferences and events across the UK and more recently spoke at a national conference in India. Despite Arran being severely dyslexic, he uses technology to support his needs and without technology he would not be doing what he is doing today.

Fin O’Regan MA, PGCE BSc
12.00 -1.00 p.m.

This presentation will focus on the issue on how to effectively support
children and young persons at risk of mental health difficulties for successful educational
outcomes within schools and colleges. He will outline how Structure, Flexibility, Rapport,
Relationships and Resilience (SF3R) are the key approaches to meet learning, behaviour and socialisation objectives.

Fin O’Regan is one of the leading behaviour and learning experts in the UK and Europe
He was the Headteacher of the Centre Academy from 1996 -2002, the first specialist school in the UK for students between the ages of 7-19 specialising issues related to ADHD, ASD and ODD.

He is currently a Behaviour and Learning Consultant and an associate lecturer for Leicester
University, the Institute of Education, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre. Vice Chairman of the UK
 DHD Network and a board member of the European ADHD Alliance.

He has written a number of books and published articles on the subject of ADHD, Behaviour and Learning issues.







20th June 2018

International Schools Partnership is announcing the transfer of ownership of the Senior school of Cambridge International School and Holme Court School back to Dr. Harriet Sturdy.  Staff and parents of all school sites have been informed and meetings between the staff, parents, representatives from ISP and Dr. Sturdy are happening over the next few days to ensure that the transfer happens as smoothly as possible and with minimal disruption to the education of the students.

Staff at the Senior School and Holme Court School will retain their contracts under the new ownership of Dr. Sturdy and continue on in their roles.

As part of the change the Cambridge International School name will also return to Dr. Sturdy. The Primary school at Cherry Hinton Hall will continue to operate as normal under the leadership of Mrs Philippa Mills.

The site at Cherry Hinton Hall is under application with the DfE to operate under a new license separate to that of the Senior School and Cambridge International School. Once the license is approved, the site at Cherry Hinton Hall will operate as a standalone independent primary school with a new name and brand. We will inform parents, staff, children and the wider community as this develops over the coming months.  Mrs. Mills is looking forward to taking the nursery and primary school forward under its new name, but keeping the same ethos and values that our parents wish for in their children’s school.

Nick Rugg, Regional Managing Director in Europe of International Schools Partnership comments:

“In what has been a challenging few years at Cambridge International School, we have informed parents and staff that the ownership of the Senior school and Home Court School has been transferred back to Dr. Harriet Sturdy. We believe this is the best possible option for the future of the Senior school and Holme Court School so that the students can enjoy their education without interruption under the leadership and guidance of Dr. Sturdy.

We, along with the Senior Leadership Team, will be spending time meeting both staff and families to discuss the next steps. We remain extremely proud of all colleagues, children and students have achieved for the schools as a whole and we wish the schools the very best under the leadership of Dr. Sturdy. As a founder of Cambridge International School and Holme Court School Dr. Sturdy knows the schools better than anyone and through this decision we hope we can help safeguard the future of the Senior school and Holme Court School.”


Holme Court is an established co-educational specialist day school catering for pupils with dyslexia and associated difficulties.

“The aim of the school is to help pupils to overcome their dyslexia by fulfilling their potential as learners and developing as well-rounded mature individuals who are well prepared for the next stage of their lives.” Ofsted 2011

We provide a dynamic multi-sensory alternative to the inevitable constraints of a traditional curriculum, enabling pupils to grow into confident, skilled, happy individuals embarking on their adult life.

All our staff are highly trained, knowledgeable and experienced in the field of specific learning difficulties. We combine a whole school approach to learning with an understanding of each individual’s needs.

“The overall positive and can do approach of the school is evident in the daily routines and enthusiasm with which the pupils and staff undertake each task. The facilities are very child friendly and allow for each child to develop at their own pace.” Inclusion Quality Mark 2008

We provide an intensive programme for our pupils, lasting generally between one and three years. The majority of our pupils are then successfully reintegrated back into mainstream settings, with new-found skills and strategies that promote more successful learning in the future. Where appropriate some pupils do continue their education at Holme Court until the age of 16.

“ The staff has developed specific skills to promote the core skills needed by the pupils as well as the providing a broad based education. The school provided an excellent foundation from which pupils can go on to achieve and feel included in the rest of their education.” Inclusion Quality Mark 2008

Our philosophy is that all children can learn; all children are enquiring; and all children deserve the opportunity to flourish in our small classes and nurturing atmosphere.

Underlying all we do is a commitment to raising the self-esteem of our pupils which we see as a vital aid to their effective progress. Our nurturing family atmosphere ensures that pupils feel at ease and able to express themselves with confidence. “Although the school is not affiliated to any religious body, its ethos is based on a strong moral code of respect for self, for others and for property.” Ofsted 2011

Children’s positive feedback and the commendable testimonials from parents are our measurements of success. Regular inspections by Ofsted have also provided an excellent reflection of the high standards of education.

Over the years past pupils have kept in touch and we are very proud of their achievements and successes.

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