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Real name: 

Primary Discipline

Primary Discipline: 

  • Social SciencesEducationEducation by specializationInclusive education

Further Specification: 

I focus on Special and Inclusive education through a Bourdieusian lens. I also apply that theoretical Framework elsewhere and am currently working on climate change education.
Secondary Discipline

Secondary Discipline: 

  • Social SciencesSociologyEducational sociology

Further Specification: 

I am in the process of developing a theoretical model, drawing on Jenkins and Bourdieu. I have applied it to SEND provision, dyslexia and climate change.


Dr Helen Ross is a fully qualified special needs teacher and former SENCO, currently working in a mainstream school in Wiltshire. She also provides expert advice and research consultancy, as well as specialist tuition and CPD, through her own enterprise ‘Helen’s Place’, is an advisor to the British Dyslexia Association and is Chair of the Wiltshire Dyslexia Association. She has consulted for the British Dyslexia Association, The Committee for Science and Technology, and Wiltshire Local Authority.

Helen’s is also an independent researcher. Her research explores stakeholder experiences of SEND provision within the mainstream education sector, focusing on the empowerment of young people to take ownership of their own learning journeys. She is a qualitative researcher, using methods grounded within Bourdieu’s sociological project to explore barriers to participation in learning and engagement with institutions.

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

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