It’s been an A grade report for one local teacher after she was presented with not one - but two - major awards recently.
Ballytober Primary School teacher Michelle Cheshire was awarded the Approved Teacher Status for working with children with literacy difficulties and was one of only 19 teachers in Northern Ireland to be awarded AMBDA status (Associated member of the British Dyslexia Association).
The teachers at Ballytober are all rejoicing in their success following the SEN CPD LIteracy Project conference and celebration of achievement ceremony held in Queen’s University, Belfast.
A representative from the school was presented with a certificate for their particiaption in the SEN CPD Literacy Project which was offered to teachers in Northern Ireland by Stranmillis University College and St Mary’s University College.
The course focused on recognising and providing intervention for children with literacy difficulties.
One teacher from Ballytober, Mrs Michelle Cheshire, was awarded Approved Teacher Status for working with children with literacy difficulties after successfully completing two Master’s level modules.
But the success for Ballytober Primary School and Mrs Cheshire didn’t stop there...
Mrs Cheshire completed further study and was one of only 19 teachers in Northern Ireland to be awarded AMBDA status (Associated Member of the British Dyslexia Association) during the celebration of achievement ceremony.
This is a recognised professional qualification giving teachers specialist knowledge to conduct diagnostic asssessments and deliver a specialised teaching programme tp pupils with literacy difficulties.
In order to gain accreditation from the British Dyslexia Association, Mrs Cheshire had to complete an intensive course of study over a four month period and undertake a range of practical and written assessments under the scrutiny of the British Dyslexia Association.
There are few teachers in Northern Ireland with this accreditation and Mrs Cheshire has joined a small number of teachers who have acquired this unique qualifications.
Principal of Ballytober Primary School, Elaine Anderson, congratulated Mrs Cheshire on her achievements.