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Visiting professor, University of Derby

Steve Chinn received his PhD in Applied Physics in 1967. He taught in mainstream schools until 1981 when he began work with dyslexic students as Head of a specialist school in Somerset. He spent a year as visiting Head of a specialist school in the USA where he was rated as a Master Teacher by the State. He also studied at the Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore before returning to the UK to set up his own specialist school for dyslexic students. The school received a number of awards, including Beacon School status and the Independent Schools’ Association’s ‘Award for Excellence’.

Steve has written research papers, chapters for edited books, articles and several books, including the TES/nasen award winning ‘The Trouble with Maths’ (about teaching) and ‘More Trouble with Maths’ (about diagnosis). He is editor of the forthcoming publication, ‘The International Handbook of Dyscalculia and Maths Learning Difficulties’

He has served on UK Government, British Dyslexia Association, Hornsby Institute, AchieveAbility and Dyslexia Action committees. He is Chair of the BDA’s dyscalculia group and a member of ESRC Peer Review College.

He has lectured and trained teachers in over 30 countries. In 2013 he provided 5 days of consultancy work for the Singapore Ministry of Education, advising on addressing the needs of underachievers in maths.

Steve is running his first on-line 20+ hours training course this year.


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    Visiting professor, University of Derby