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​About Us

DIRECTORS

OUR VISION

OUR TEAM

                              Elisabeth Chambers
                      Head of Support Services.  
                                    BA (Hons), MSc, Professional Practice 
                                    (Learning Disabilities) Dip Eu Hum, Adv Dip
                                    Spec Ed,  PGCE-FE/HE, AMBDA (FE/HE),
                                    SpLD APC  (Dyslexia Guild).

Elisabeth began her career by teaching in the community before moving to further education where she delivered Key Skills.  From there she developed an interest in Specific Learning Differences and has spent nearly fifteen years gaining experience and formal qualifications in this field.  Elisabeth is experienced in delivering diagnostic assessments, writing and delivering training programmes, overseeing the Continuing Professional Development of specialist study skills tutors, and carrying out specialist study skills support in higher education.  Elisabeth has been nominated by her students for an Outstanding Support Award (2015/2016) which reflects her dedication to their development as learners.   Elisabeth's particular areas of interest are ASD and ADHD.  She is currently researching holistic approaches to the ADHD learner in Higher Education.  Elisabeth is also an  award winning author ​ with some of her publications including books for reluctant readers. 


Graeme Chambers

Finance Director & Company Secretary. 
BSc (Hons), FCA, AMCT.

Graeme has extensive experience working within audit, risk management and compliance, primarily within the financial services sector, over a career spanning twenty years as both an external consultant and internal specialist.  Graeme’s recent experience in a senior management role within a large financial services company will enable him to support the ongoing accounting and statutory reporting side of Beacon, advising his fellow director on good governance and record-keeping. Graeme is a graduate of the University of Bradford Management Centre, Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and an Associate Member of the Association of Corporate Treasurers.


                                Lucy Maullin
                                Support Manager





                               Holly Muller
                               Communications Officer



                               Lynne Phillips
                               Equality Officer



                              Amy Ward
                              AT Co-ordinator





We believe in putting our clients first.  We are passionate about adding value to our learners and promise to maintain a consistent level of quality in our service provision. ​

We subscribe to the social model of disability and believe that any 'problem' is not in the learner but in the wider environment.  It is the environment that is disabling and so it is our responsibility to adapt the environment to enable our clients to succeed.

We empathise with the stress that can accompany a personal learning journey and are committed to a holistic approach which includes wellbeing.   Every client is valued and we promise to assume a highly individualised bespoke approach for each  learner.

We are also fully committed to supporting our staff and take responsibility for setting the culture within Beacon.  We want staff to feel valued and appreciated.  At Beacon, whilst we set and maintain high professional standards, we acknowledge that this does not mean that we have to compromise on enjoyment in the workplace.  We believe that staff work best in a positive environment in which they are fully supported and encouraged, and this is our promise to every employee.


​Disability Support Staff. 

Our disability support staff see to the day to day running of our support provision. Our Disability Support Manager takes overall responsibility for the allocation of support, ably assisted by our Disability Support Co-ordinator and other support staff to ensure that our clients' needs are effectively supported.  Our specialist study skills tutors, support workers, mentors and note takers are all highly experienced and relevantly qualified.  All staff have DBS checks in place


Diagnostic Assessors​. 

Our Educational Psychologists and Specialist Teachers offer a confidential, supportive assessment.  They will use a range of standardised tools to assess you for a SpLD.  A follow up appointment will be arranged no later than 10 working days after your initial assessment in order to fully explain the results to you.  A comprehensive report will be provided and this will be sufficient evidence to claim for Disabled Students'Allowances.

Irlen Screeners. 

Scotopic Sensitivity Syndrome (SSS) is a condition whereby individuals are sensitive to glare and experience visual distoritions when they read, even though they may have perfectly good eyesight.  Children are often diagnosed with ADHD or Dyslexia when SSS is actually to blame.  Our qualified Irlen Screeners will measure your visual perceptual strengths and weaknesses which cannot be detected by standard visual tests.  The initial screening assessment last between 60 and 90 minutes and will include the selection of  a correct coloured overlay to improve the appearance of the text when reading. 

Specialist Study Skills Tutors.

​Our Specialist Study Skills Tutors are all registered with a professional body.  They have received National Autistic Society (NAS) training and have many years experience in supporting disabled students.  We ensure that all of our tutors regularly engage with Continuing Professional Development (CPD) so that their knowledge of disabled students' needs and how best to meet them is up-to-date.  All tutors at Beacon are passionate about student experience and fully supporting learners towards autonomy.

Support Workers, Specialist Mentors and other non medical helpers (NMH).

Our team are experienced in providing individual support to disabled students to ensure they are not placed at a disadvantage as a result of their disabilities.  Our staff have received NAS training and are trained and/or qualified  in various areas of mental wellbeing.  They are  able to assist disabled students to access their curriculum and other aspects of university life.  

Beacon NMH workers  provide personal support and assistance to disabled students in a range of learning settings.  Staff are highly flexible and dedicated in the way they deliver their support.


Beacon

​Specific Learning Solutions for Specific Learning Differences​​

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