Cert Ed., Dip. SE, MEd, MEd (Ed Psych), PhD HCPC Registered Practitioner Psychologist DBS Enhanced clearance Entry on BPS Register of Qualifications in Test Use (RQTU) Associate Member of PATOSS (Professional Association of Teachers of students with specific learning difficulties) Drawing and Talking Practitioner Member of ACHiPP (Association of Child Psychologists in Private Practice) Jane was brought up and educated in Birmingham. She trained as a Primary School teacher and worked in a number of Primary Schools in Birmingham and a Special School for pupils with moderate learning difficulties. She was a SENCo in two inner city Primary Schools.
After many years of studying part time whilst teaching full time, Jane gained a Master's degree in Educational and Child Psychology which made her eligible for membership of the British Psychological Society. This then allowed her to train as an Educational Psychologist. She qualified in 1993 and immediately carried on studying by registering for a PhD! She gained her PhD after four and a half years of part time study, researching the development of early reading with nursery aged children. Jane has worked as an EP in a number of West Midlands Local Authorities. In 2011 she retired from full time work but continued to practise as an EP in a number of Associate posts in the Midlands. She now works fully independently in private practice. From 2004 until 2013 Jane was an Academic and Professional Tutor for the Professional Training course in Educational Psychology at the University of Birmingham. She retains links with the course with an Honorary Clinical Lecturer post and continues to contribute to teaching on the course.
She has acted as External Examiner for the University of Manchester's professional training course and for the University College London post qualification doctorate in educational psychology. She has also supervised students enrolled on the University of Leicester PsyD top up doctorate for HCPC registered psychologists. Jane also provides some teaching for the University of Nottingham Professional Training course and carries out thesis examinations for UCL. Jane also works in partnership with Real Training. She is deputy programme director for their MEd SEND programme's distance learning Master's degree. She has written several of the modules for this programme and is module leader and tutor for the General Learning Difficulties, Dynamic Assessment and Enquiry modules. She is also a tutor for Real Training's National SENCo Award.
Jane has published several papers in peer reviewed journals and is co author (with Dr Christopher Arnold) of three psychology text books:Psychology for Teaching Assistants, Teaching, Learning and Psychology andExcluded from School (with Dr Sarah Simpson). Jane has a wealth of experience in all aspects of the EP role. She has worked in all phases of education and has substantial experience working as contact EP for two schools catering for pupils with complex and profound difficulties. from this role she has developed expertise in the non aversive approach to supporting challenging behaviour. She has used this approach in mainstream as well as special school contexts. Jane has a long standing interest in assessing and teaching cognitive thinking skills, in particular the approaches of Professor Reuven Feuerstein. She is an accredited practitioner for Feuerstein’s LPAD (Learning Propensity AssessmentDevice, a set of Dynamic Assessment tests), Instrumental Enrichment (a teaching programme using Feuerstein’s methods) and Bright Start (a cognitive curriculum for young children).
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