We have regular meetings on Wednesday evenings - see dates below. They usually take place at:
The Friends Meeting House (in Cedar Road)

However, because of the coronavirus epidemic, all public meetings will take place via Zoom. Please see below for details.

Upcoming Meetings

Dyslexia and Mental Health Challenges

Wednesday April 17th at 8 pm on Zoom

TITLE: Dyslexia and Mental Health Challenges

OVERVIEW: This talk explores what dyslexia is and the difficulties that individuals have which can impact on their engagement and interaction with the wider world, not just education. Helen will talk about the social impacts of dyslexia on her life and that of young people, based on her lived experience as dyslexic and her professional experiences. She will discuss how academic challenges and social barriers associated with dyslexia can affect mental health negatively. However, she will also address the strengths that dyslexia can bring and will highlight some of the strategies that can help address areas of difficulty and build up dyslexic-strengths.


BIO: Dr Helen Ross is a fully qualified special needs teacher and former SENCO, now working as an independent educational research consultant, specialist assessor and SEND expert.

Helen is Co-Vice Chair of the British Dyslexia Association, Chair of the Wiltshire Dyslexia Association and is on the board of the US, not-for profit National Coalition of Independent Scholars. She has consulted for the British Dyslexia Association, The Committee for Science and Technology (part of the UK Government), and Wiltshire Local Authority. She also works internationally with various third sector and commercial organisations with evaluation, consultancy and resource development.

Helen’s research explores stakeholder experiences of SEND provision within the mainstream education sector, focussing on the empowerment of those supporting young people, to help them to take ownership of their own learning. She uses her findings from research to inform her own practice and to support other practitioner in their own work, through CPD webinars and live sessions.

Helen tweets as @drhelenross and regularly speaks on dyslexia and special educational needs.

If you would like to join this Zoom meeting, please register in advance by emailing your first name, surname and email address to:

The access details will be sent by email on the morning of the meeting so that you can join the meeting from 7.55 pm.

Spelling Made Eezee! A talk by Julia Rowlandson

Tuesday June 11th at 7.30 pm  face to face meeting at
Sutton Quaker Meeting House
10, Cedar Road
Sutton  SM2 5DA

Welcome back to Julia who will talk to us for about an hour on spelling with time afterwards for questions. This will be followed by tea or coffee and a chance for you to chat with other parents and committee members. There will also be a small display of useful resources for sale.
Do come along and join us. It would be great to meet people rather than just viewing you on a screen!

Spelling Made Eezee is all about the effective teaching of spelling. It explores the development of spelling and suggests a variety of strategies to help neurodivergent learners.

Julia Rowlandson has a diploma in specific learning difficulties and was formerly deputy head of a specialist school. In 2004, she co-authored the School Spelling Dictionary which has sold over 44,000 copies.