Meeting Alison

Alison Earey used to be a literacy teacher for adults and found that some people’s brains did not work the same way as others. As a result, she started to find out the cause and came across dyslexia and its associated difficulties. She started trying to help people with dyslexia in her classes and then started to train in the area and find out more to help, support and improve her teaching.

In 2009, Alison started to train at the University of Birmingham in order to become a Specialist Support Tutor for people with SpLDs and was fully qualified to both support and then assess in 2011. She then went on to complete her Masters in dyslexia, with research on the effects on parents when their child was diagnosed with dyslexia.

Alison now works as a Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Specialist Tutor and Assessor in the Birmingham area. Her current roles include supporting clients with an SpLD attending school, Higher Education Institutions and in employment. She specialises in working with adults and is able to assess for dyslexia, dyspraxia (post 16), dysgraphia. For students in Higher Education, she can write a report about a person’s ADHD indicators for educational purposes (post 18). Alison is an expert in her field with the ability to offer assessments suitable for expert witness statements. She also provides study skills sessions and dyslexia awareness to groups.

Membership of professional bodies

Name of Body Type of Membership Year Awarded
British Dyslexia Association (BDA) AMBDA FE/HE 2011
PATOSS Practising Certificate 2011
The British Psychological Society Member, Register of Qualifications in Test Use 2011
The Association of Dyslexia Specialists in Higher Education (ADSHE) Register of specialist SpLD tutors, assessors and AT trainers 2012

Published Articles

  1. Earey, A. (2014) Help! Your Church is too Wordy. The Reader, Spring 2014, 111,1 pp. 22-23. http://www.readers.cofe.anglican.org/u_d_lib_pub/m1111.pdf
  2. Earey, A. (2013) Parental experiences of support for pupils with dyslexia: ignoring the effect on parents. Support for Learning, 28,1 pp. 35-40. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/1467-9604.12013/full
  3. Earey, A. (2008) D.I.Y. with embedded Skills for Life Literacy & Numeracy. InTuition, Institute for Learning, Spring 2008, p.16.
  4.  Earey, A. (2005) Using Poetry to teach Adult Basic Skills Literacy. RaPAL (Research and Practice in Adult Literacy), 58, Winter 2005/6, pp. 28-30.

Alison holds a clear Enhanced Criminal Records Certificate.