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Biography

Since completing her Post Graduate Certificate in Education to qualify as a teacher in 1990, Helen has always sought to work within the inclusive field, particularly with learners who have special educational needs. After completing an Advanced Diploma in Special Needs in Education and her MA in Education, Helen completed the post graduate RSA Diploma in Teaching Learners with Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia). In 2003 Helen successfully achieved the mandatory Post Graduate Diploma to become a Teacher of the Deaf and in 2004 completed a further Post Graduate Certificate in Working with Deaf Children and their Families in the Early Years. Since joining the University of Northampton in 2010 Helen has completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Higher Education in 2012 and also achieved Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. In 2018 she successfully defended her PhD Thesis entitled ‘A Balancing Act’: Perceptions of Communication about Young Children with Special Educational Needs and/or Disabilities in the Early Years. An Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis Study’. Since January 2017 Helen has been Programme Leader for the BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Inclusion degree.

Research Interests

Helen was part of the successful 2015-2017 Erasmus+ funded project Special Educational Needs Employment Links (SENEL) working with colleagues in Finland, the Czech Republic and Germany. The key objective of this two-year Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project was to support an effective transition process for students with SEND from VET into employment, by producing and evaluating three unique communicative and informative tools: a portable exhibition of documentary photographs and videos of best practices on partner countries; a tool for employers entitled “A Mini-Guide for Employers of Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disability”; and a tool for young people with SEND entitled “The Passport to Employment for Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities”.

 

Helen is also interested in researching undergraduate student experience and is keen to use the perceptions of Deaf/ Hearing Impaired (HI) students at the University of Northampton to inform understanding of student progression and delivery of Active Blended Learning.

Teaching Interests

BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Inclusion.

Teaching on the following modules:

§  Introduction to SEN and Inclusion

§  Professional Roles and Contexts in SEN and Inclusion

§  Perspectives on cognition and specific learning difficulties/dyslexia

§  Reflections on SEN and Inclusion through Educational Visits

§  Dissertation

MA (Special Educational Needs and Inclusion)

Teaching on the following modules:

§  Understanding the Nature of Literacy Difficulties and Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia)

Postgraduate Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties and Inclusion

Teaching on the following modules:

§  Understanding the Nature of Literacy Difficulties and Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia)

§  Approaches to Supporting Learners with Literacy Difficulties and Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia)

Supervision

Helen supervises student dissertations at Undergraduate, Masters and PhD level in the fields of inclusion and special educational needs.

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Research Output

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  • Activities

    • 3 Oral presentation

    Inclusive daily childcare services for children with disabilities in England: review of conditions, standards and practice

    Cristina Devecchi (Speaker), Helen Trory (Speaker), Jane Murray (Speaker) & Roy Evans (Speaker)

    1 May 2014

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

    Inclusive childcare services for children with disabilities in England: review of conditions, standards and practice

    Cristina Devecchi (Author), Jane Murray (Author) & Helen Trory (Author)

    4 Sep 2013

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

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    Inclusive daily childcare for children with disabilities (0-5) in England: a policy and practice overview from 1997 to present day

    Helen Trory (Speaker), Cristina Devecchi (Speaker) & Jane Murray (Speaker)

    30 Aug 2013

    Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch

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