Claire Bolitho (BA Hons, PGCE Primary Teaching, MSc Educational Psychology) has worked as an Educational Psychologist for over 10 years. She has had a keen interest in teaching reading since working as a primary school teacher in London. Her work has included jointly co-ordinating language and communication services in an inner London authority and co-ordinating a parent counselling service.
Claire provides training and consultancy in synthetic phonics to a range of audiences including school staff from nursery to secondary. She is also experienced in direct reading teaching using a synthetic phonics approach. As an Educational Psychologist, Claire provides consultation to parents/carers and school staff as well as detailed assessments of children’s learning needs. She works with pupils of nursery schools through to sixth form. Claire has also worked as a supervisor and tutor on a doctoral programme for trainee Educational Psychologists.
Sabina Melidis (PG Dip. in Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia, PG Dip. in Coaching Pscyhology, MA Special Educational Needs, MSc Educational Psychology, Doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology) has many years of experience as a practising Educational Psychologist and has a long-standing background in reading teaching. Her varied and broad professional career has included running a bilingual school for primary aged children abroad, teaching English as a foreign language to adults, and running an overseas Educational Psychology Parent Consultation
Sabina has long experience of primary school teaching and has worked as a university supervisor and tutor in special needs. She trains teachers, parents/carers and a range of others in synthetic phonics, and provides psychological advice to schools, parents/carers and professionals working with children in care. Sabina is also a qualified coaching psychologist, specialising in parent/carer coaching.
Together Sabina and Claire have co-written a successful one-to-one synthetic phonics catch-up reading programme in use across an inner London Borough (primary, secondary and special schools) and have contributed to strategic development of support for reading, running synthetic phonics training for staff across the Authority as well as coaching for parents and foster carers.