Why choose us?

We believe in applying our knowledge and experience in a person-centred approach. We have many years experience dealing with dyslexic children and are passionate about taking that and using it to make a change in the Yorkshire area.

WHO ARE WE

Founders of SEND Solutions

Rachel Ingham

(BA, PGCE, AMBDA, MA in SpLD)

Rachel is an experienced speaker and trainer in Specific Learning Difficulties with extensive involvement of working in the education sector. Her roles included; teaching assistant, classroom teacher, SENDCo and university lecturer. Her passion for meeting the learning needs of children and young people with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities led her to specialise in this field. She has worked as an Inclusion Consultant in Learning Disabilities with strategic lead for dyslexia for Calderdale Local Authority (LA).

While working as an inclusion consultant Rachel developed and delivered a package of support for Primary and Secondary schools supporting and training them to achieve the Dyslexia Quality Mark. She led a working party working closely with the LA raising awareness of dyslexia. A culmination of her work led Calderdale LA achieve the British Dyslexia Association Quality Mark.

Rachel is co-director of Understanding and Supporting Learning (US-L) works closely with schools, colleges and educational organisations delivering national and regional SEND training for the National Education Union, PATOSS; Local Dyslexia Associations of the British Dyslexia Association and the Five Minute Box.

In addition to this Rachel has continued to teach pupils, students and adults with dyslexia providing specialist support for individuals and groups.

Helen Wells

(BA Hons, QTS, SENDCo Award, MA in SEND, AMBDA)

Helen is a specialist SpLD teacher and assessor, as well as being an experienced qualified SENDCo. With a masters in SEND and over ten years’ experience in teaching, SENDCo and senior management in schools across Yorkshire, she has up to date working knowledge of a broad spectrum of special needs and inclusive strategies. She enjoys working with pupils, families and professionals to identify SEND and consulting on practical strategies and next steps in each individual case, as well as planning policies and whole school approaches that are informed by best practice.

Helen understands the challenges faced by leaders and educators, and facilitates positive and achievable solutions. She prides herself on being relatable and understanding, and enjoys coaching and working collaboratively. Helen is also chair of West Yorkshire PATOSS (Professional Association of Teachers of Students with SpLD), and lead organiser of Leeds Dyslexia Festival.

TESTIMONIALS

“I would recommend Helen to all schools”

“Helen spent a day at our school and worked with six pupils. She arrived early to get background information. At the end of the process a written report was given for each of the children, outlining what skills the children had and the gaps in their knowledge. She gave practical ideas and useful resources to help support the children. Her knowledge about other areas of SEND was also valuable and Helen was able to signpost and suggest ways to support the children who did not show signs of dyslexia. I found the day incredibly useful and would recommend Helen to all schools.”

Mrs Ewart, Deputy Head and SENDCo, All Hallows’ Primary, Huddersfield.

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Mrs Ewart, Deputy Head and SENDCo, All Hallows’ Primary, Huddersfield.

“Helen spent a day at our school and worked with six pupils. She arrived early to get background information. At the end of the process a written report was given for each of the children, outlining what skills the children had and the gaps in their knowledge. She gave practical ideas and useful resources to help support the children. Her knowledge about other areas of SEND was also valuable and Helen was able to signpost and suggest ways to support the children who did not show signs of dyslexia. I found the day incredibly useful and would recommend Helen to all schools.”

“Helen is an outstanding SEND professional”

“Helen is an outstanding SEND professional with excellent knowledge on a range of needs. She has practical and innovative ideas that work in practice, and has a strength in maintaining good relationships with all stakeholders, such as parents and outside agencies. She improved staff knowledge through coaching and training, and drove excellent SEND provision that enabled children to succeed because their needs were identified and met well.”

Senior management team, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Dewsbury.

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Senior management team, St Joseph’s Catholic Primary, Dewsbury.

“Helen is an outstanding SEND professional with excellent knowledge on a range of needs. She has practical and innovative ideas that work in practice, and has a strength in maintaining good relationships with all stakeholders, such as parents and outside agencies. She improved staff knowledge through coaching and training, and drove excellent SEND provision that enabled children to succeed because their needs were identified and met well.”

“Helen was calming, encouraging and very professional”

“I recently arranged a Dyslexia Screening test for our 10-year-old child with Helen, and she came to our home to perform this. Our child was naturally nervous given that she was going to be doing some tests performed by a stranger, but was soon put at ease enough to participate fully. Helen was calming, encouraging and very professional throughout, and my worries over my child being ‘tested’ vanished, as it was nothing to be scared whatsoever. Once the results of the test were calculated, Helen came back to explain them in an easy to understand way, which was really reassuring to us as worried parents. The report included all areas; of strength and weakness, along with recommendations for parents to support at home. Whilst the screening wasn’t a full diagnostic assessment, it gives you a really good idea if concerns are valid and arms you with more ideas to support, and structured information should you need to have a conversation with your child's school.”

Mr and Mrs O, West Yorkshire, 2018.

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Mr and Mrs O, West Yorkshire, 2018.

“I recently arranged a Dyslexia Screening test for our 10-year-old child with Helen, and she came to our home to perform this. Our child was naturally nervous given that she was going to be doing some tests performed by a stranger, but was soon put at ease enough to participate fully. Helen was calming, encouraging and very professional throughout, and my worries over my child being ‘tested’ vanished, as it was nothing to be scared whatsoever. Once the results of the test were calculated, Helen came back to explain them in an easy to understand way, which was really reassuring to us as worried parents. The report included all areas; of strength and weakness, along with recommendations for parents to support at home. Whilst the screening wasn’t a full diagnostic assessment, it gives you a really good idea if concerns are valid and arms you with more ideas to support, and structured information should you need to have a conversation with your child's school.”

“Rachel was incredibly knowledgeable, highly practical and hugely inspirational”

"I saw Rachel speak at a conference and instantly knew she would be a positive influence on my practice and the children’s education in my setting. She was incredibly knowledgeable (where she stores all those research facts and data outcomes I’ll never know!), highly practical and hugely inspirational."


SENDCo Dyslexia Conference, Calderdale, 2017.

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SENDCo Dyslexia Conference, Calderdale, 2017.

"I saw Rachel speak at a conference and instantly knew she would be a positive influence on my practice and the children’s education in my setting. She was incredibly knowledgeable (where she stores all those research facts and data outcomes I’ll never know!), highly practical and hugely inspirational."

“Rachel speaks from the heart and from experience”

"Rachel led staff training and was very well received. I have seen evidence of her recommendations in classes and interventions around school, and I know she had a great impact on children’s outcomes. Rachel speaks from the heart and from experience. I cannot recommend her enough!"

Jamie Stuttard, SENDCo, All Saints Primary School, Calderdale, 2018.

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Jamie Stuttard, SENDCo, All Saints Primary School, Calderdale, 2018.

"Rachel led staff training and was very well received. I have seen evidence of her recommendations in classes and interventions around school, and I know she had a great impact on children’s outcomes. Rachel speaks from the heart and from experience. I cannot recommend her enough!"

“We want Rachel back please!”

"Everyone was motivated and interested. Everyone learned. We laughed together and we worked together. We were, for the day, part of a team. We want her back please!"

Shropshire Dyslexia Association 9th May 2015.

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Shropshire Dyslexia Association 9th May 2015.

"Everyone was motivated and interested. Everyone learned. We laughed together and we worked together. We were, for the day, part of a team. We want her back please!"

“Just what we wanted!”

"Thank you for a great day....fun, informative, accessible, interesting.....lots of practical strategies.....just what we wanted."

Karen Smith Deputy Head and SENCo St Andrew, Brighouse 27th Match 2015.

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Karen Smith Deputy Head and SENCo St Andrew, Brighouse 27th Match 2015.

"Thank you for a great day....fun, informative, accessible, interesting.....lots of practical strategies.....just what we wanted."

“Well presented, lively and informative”

"New perspectives on subject. Well presented, lively and informative. - Thoroughly enjoyed session and learnt lots. Very professionally and knowledgably presented. Great! Would recommend! Thank you."

Tom Iley & Peter Walsh, Teachers, Yorkshire, 2017, Dyscalculia.

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Tom Iley & Peter Walsh, Teachers, Yorkshire, 2017, Dyscalculia.

"New perspectives on subject. Well presented, lively and informative. - Thoroughly enjoyed session and learnt lots. Very professionally and knowledgably presented. Great! Would recommend! Thank you."

“Gave me a better understanding of the difficulties pupils face”

"Gave me a better understanding of the difficulties pupils face especially slight additions to improve classroom for dyslexic children. Will help me plan my activities better.
The whole session was relevant and informative."

Maths Difficulties, 2017.

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Maths Difficulties, 2017.

"Gave me a better understanding of the difficulties pupils face especially slight additions to improve classroom for dyslexic children. Will help me plan my activities better. The whole session was relevant and informative."

“Wealth of information, reassurance, guidance”

"Very informative. Ideas to use not just with pupils with dyscalculia. Very interesting and inspiring. Excellent content. User friendly and relaxed interactive session. Wealth of information, reassurance, guidance."

Maths Difficulties, October 2017, Manchester.

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Maths Difficulties, October 2017, Manchester.

"Very informative. Ideas to use not just with pupils with dyscalculia. Very interesting and inspiring. Excellent content. User friendly and relaxed interactive session. Wealth of information, reassurance, guidance."
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