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Dr Julie Betenson (B. Ed., M. Ed. Psych., M. Sc. Ed. Res., Ph. D., C. Psychol.)

Julie has worked in the field of Education for more than 30 years. She graduated from Bath College of Higher Education in 1980 with a Bachelor of Education Degree and spent her first 5 years working as a Primary School teacher. She taught mixed classes and was fascinated by the different ways in which the children acquired knowledge.

Her career in special educational needs started when she accepted a post at Mark College, an independent secondary school for children with dyslexia, teaching mathematics. Julie found it fascinating how the students’ specific learning difficulties impaired the skill acquisition process and has continued to work in the area of special educational needs ever since.

She became Deputy Head at Mark College in 1994 and took part in Comenius projects with partners from Ireland and The Netherlands looking into the difficulties faced by dyslexic students when learning mathematics. Results were published in the Journal of Special Educational Needs and presented at the International Dyslexia Conference in Chicago. A European course called Focus on Inclusion looking into the effect that self-efficacy had on the learning for all special needs groups was also developed and was attended by teachers from all over Europe.

Julie became head teacher at Mark College in 1999 and was asked by the BDA to co-write a book called Dyslexia and Maths published by Fulton in 2003 under her pre-married name of Julie Kay. She also co-wrote and co-delivered the first AMBDA course for maths and dyslexia and continues to lecture both nationally and internationally on the subject including delivering a Masters module at Bath Spa University.

During 2005 Mark College became part of Priory Education Services and Julie was elected Principal of the school. This allowed her to develop skills in business management and school development, including the setting up of a successful sixth form provision at the school. It also allowed opportunities to visit the full range of schools in the Priory group which cater for a range of young people with many different complex educational needs.

One of the roles as Principal was to support parents in trying to secure an education for their son or daughter which could meet their needs. Julie has therefore acted as an expert witness at many Special Educational Needs tribunals working with many Educational Psychologists during these times. It was this part of the role that led Julie to change her career path and it coincided with her remarriage and change of name to Julie Betenson.

Julie took a Master’s degree in Psychology of Education at the University of Bristol and passed with distinction in 2011. This course reignited her interest in research and she was awarded a grant to complete her PhD helping students with difficulties in mathematics. The initial MSc in Educational Research on route to the PhD was also passed with distinction in 2012.

Julie graduated with a PhD in 2015 and has since been confirmed as a Chartered Psychologist by the British Psychological society. Her hope is to continue supporting parents of and pupils with special educational needs.

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