Ms Chantal Karatas

PGCE Visiting Lecturer

Email address: Phone number: 01902 0 Location: Wolverhampton Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: PGCE, Education


Chantal works as a visiting lecturer on the PGCE programme as well as being a freelance Dyslexia Tutor and Assessor in the West Midlands. She teaches Maths, English and study skills to students with dyslexia, ADHD and dyscalculia. Chantal also offers dyslexia assessments within Higher Education Institutions, as well as delivering training on raising awareness of dyslexia and visual stress and its impact on individuals to other teachers, parents and educators.

Chantal has a degree in Special Needs and Inclusion in Society combined with Education Studies. Her dissertation focused on Emotional Intelligence in education, in order to teach in a more holistic manner. She then completed her PGCE and qualified as a teacher specialising in Adult Numeracy and then later, in English as a Second Language (ESOL). After this, Chantal specialised further and studied for a Post Graduate in Teaching and Assessing Dyslexia. She has taught in Further Education since 2005 and HE since 2007. So far she has gained experience, teaching on contracts for the British Army, Probation Services, family projects for Birmingham Council, Connexions and international students.

Chantal creates an individual learning plan for all her students to identify their strengths and areas they would like to develop. Each session is conducted 1:1 and is student centred, so the individual receives a personally tailored programme.

Chantal is very interested in the insights the field of neuroscience can offer educators; in particular the roles of each brain centre and how these engage and impact upon learning.


EdgeHill University, Lancashire, Post Graduate Certificate Diagnosing and Assessing Dyslexia L7 Plus Visual Stress, 11/2013

Dyslexia Action, L4-5 Teaching Literacy to Adults in FE/HE with Dyslexia, 2009

University of Economics, Turkey, Grammar Awareness Module, 2008

CELTA (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), 2007

University of Derby, PGCEE Post Graduate Certificate in Emotional Education Module 1, 05-06

University of Wolverhampton, ESOL Subject Specialism Level 6, 08-2009

PGCE in Post Compulsory Education Specialising in Level 4-6 Numeracy. 04-2005

BA (Hons) Special Needs and Inclusion in Society combined with Education Studies, 01-2004

Previous professional experience

Freelance; Wolverhampton University; Warwick University; Birmingham City University, April 2007 to Present.

Dyslexia/Dyscalculia Tutor; Dyslexia Assessor; Visual Stress Assessor; Dyslexia Awareness Trainer; Visiting Lecturer PGCE/ School of Education; Private students across a wide range of universities within the UK

I work 1:1 supporting students with Dyslexia and Dyscalculia within HE institutions. I devise individually, tailored, multi-sensory lessons, focusing predominantly on study skills/English and Maths. I cover assignment planning and structuring, reading techniques, exam revision, literacy, punctuation, spelling strategies for example MUSP,  maths and referencing to name but a few. All of these are taught using multi-sensory techniques. I have written and delivered dyslexia awareness sessions to teachers/PGCE students, as well as a study skills programme and grammar awareness course. Furthermore, I conduct screenings as well as assess and diagnose dyslexia, by writing full diagnostic reports suitable for the DSA, in compliance with the BDA, PATOSS and SFE. Birmingham Metropolitan College.  Numeracy/Literacy/ESOL Tutor, British Army, Young Offenders, Family Numeracy/Literacy, Connexions, Probation, ESOL and SEN.

At Birmingham Metropolitan College, I had the opportunity to work in a variety of different settings, of all age groups and mixed abilities, including students with SEN. (please see list above). It was my responsibility to differentiate accordingly for all my students so they can all benefit from each class they attend, as well as teaching the core curriculum in Numeracy, Literacy and ESOL at each level, be it Pre Entry, Entry Levels 1,2 and 3 or Level 1 and Level 2.  Additionally, I undertook preliminary dyslexia screenings/interviews, in order to decide whether the student should be referred for a full diagnostic test. I also taught students with dyslexia 1:1. Predominantly, I focused on study skills and maths, as well as reading and spelling programmes. All lessons were individually tailored to the student’s needs, 05/05 - 07/2013.

Walsall College of Arts and Technology.  Trainee Teacher, PGCE Numeracy, October 2004 to May 2005.

Teaching Numeracy from Entry level – Level 2, helping prepare schemes of work for time tabled classes and lesson planning across all levels and differentiating accordingly. Teaching: groups, 1:1 and also working in the community on outreach programmes for people on probation.

Manpower, Hertford, Herts,  Childcare worker, October 2003 to October 2004.

To work in children’s homes across the county. Supporting the children on a daily basis practically and emotionally, as well as providing home education to specific individuals for a multitude of reasons.

Ace Projects, South Oxhey, Herts.  Support Worker, September 2002 to October 2004.

To work with children/young people who were truanting from school, as well as their families. It was on an individual case basis, where a family had been referred by the Education Welfare Service. I worked 1:1 with the young person, liaised with the school and other support agencies dependent upon the issues within each family.

Support Worker, June 2002 to June 2003.

Include is an alternative educational provision. I worked with 14 – 16 year olds who had been permanently excluded from school and had Emotional Behavioural Difficulties. I worked 1:1 and in groups supporting them with PSHE, Numeracy, Literacy and ICT.