Mary Dooley

Personal statement

I have worked as an educator in inclusion and special educational needs for over 25 years. Originally as a class teacher within special education in Newham I specialised in supporting pupils with complex physical and learning disabilities. I moved from teaching in special schools to supporting students within inclusive courses in Newham Sixth Form College. Subsequently I worked as a learning support teacher within the local authority Inclusion Advisory Team for six years and for a further four years as the Inclusive Education Team Training Coordinator. Within this training role I was responsible for training staff working to support school inclusion. In addition I set up a very successful LSC project to train underrepresented minority and disadvantaged groups to work as support staff within schools.

In 2006 I was privileged to be awarded the Social Inclusion Award in the Newham employee of the year awards. In 2004 I moved out of London and worked for four years as a Senior Lecturer on the Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years at the City of Bristol College. This degree is for qualified practitioners, many of whom become Early Years Professionals (EYP) or teachers. This post involved working closely with local authorities and employers.

I am fully committed to widening participation in HE through flexible work based qualifications such as the Foundation Degree, and working with such highly motivated and experienced adults has not only contributed greatly to my own learning but has also been extremely professionally rewarding.

Between 2009 2010. I job shared the post of Programme Leader for the Early Years and Teaching Assistant Foundation Degrees at Bath Spa University, in addition I worked as a P/T lecturer and assessor on the Early Years Professional Status team and as module leader on Education Studies modules in inclusion and dyslexia.

My subject specialism is inclusion, special educational needs and dyslexia.

My interest in supporting students and pupils with SpLD has led me to gain the Post Graduate Diploma in the assessment and support of students with Dyslexia, this qualification enables me to work as a specialist AMBDA registered tutor and assessor. In 2011 I completed my MA dissertation in SpLD/Dyslexia with Bath Spa University. My interest is in the factors that enable students who qualify for Disabled Student Allowance to engage with the equipment and support they are entitled to.

I have always been involved within my local community leading on projects such as cycle training within primary schools, parent teacher associations, management committees for pre-schools and community groups and have volunteered to support disadvantaged students with reading.

Academic qualifications

  • BA Leicester Polytechnic
  • DipHE University of York
  • MA Bath Spa University.

Professional qualifications

  • Post Graduate Certificate of Education Leicester University
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Dyslexia and Literacy University of York
  • Masters Award SpLD/Dyslexia Bath Spa University.

Professional memberships

  • Associate Membership of British Dyslexia Association
  • Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties
  • British Association for Early Education.

Teaching specialism

  • Inclusion
  • Special Educational Needs
  • Dyslexia
  • Early Years Education.

External examiners

  • External Examiner for the University of Plymouth 2008 - 2009.

Recent professional updating

  • (2003) P/T Distance learning Open University K100 Health and Social Care
  • (2004)P/T Bath Spa University Primary Science
  • (2006) P/T Return to teaching course (primary)
    University of Gloucestershire
  • (2009) P/T Spld assessment award practising certificate (PATOSS).

Current scholarship

Following the completion of my MA I am writing an article on the factors that enable students who qualify for Disabled Student Allowance to engage with the equipment and support they are entitled to.

Research and academic outputs

Go to ResearchSPAce

Working with students with specific learning difficulties/dyslexia on placement

Dooley, M (2017) 'Working with students with specific learning difficulties/dyslexia on placement.' In: Hordern, J and Simon, C, eds. Placements and work-based learning in education studies: an introduction for students. Routledge, Abingdon, pp. 87-96. ISBN 9781138839069

Edit profile | Website feedback to