All Things Dyslexia


Dyslexia: Confidence and Self-Esteem

Season 7, Ep. 2
In episode Series 7 Episode 2 we are joined by Gavin-Mensah Coker, a lecturer in English Language at the University of Sussex, Deputy Race Equality Director, and a Student Wellbeing Advocate, to speak on the topic of ‘Dyslexia & Confidence and Self-Esteem.Gavin Mensah-Coker MA (Sussex) MSc (LSE) is a Lecturer in English Language in the School of Media, Arts & Humanities, University of Sussex. He is also Deputy Race Equality Director and a Student Wellbeing Advocate in his school. Gavin convenes Academic Development for Business & Economics for UK Foundation Year students and the Pre-sessional English course for International Studies. He is an English language examiner for Trinity College London, conducting International ESOL exams abroad and Secure English Language Tests on behalf of the UK Home Office. He has over 9 years’ experience as a teacher and before that he worked in the fields of public policy and latterly in the advertising industry. He has written on of a variety of topics such as disability, volunteering, consumer trends, racism, and educational exclusion. His current research interests include English as a Lingua Franca in language testing; fostering a greater sense of inclusion for international students; reducing the awarding gap for BAME students; and supporting students with Specific Learning Differences (SpLDs). He is hoping to engage in a small-scale research project investigating whether there is a ‘hidden’ awarding gap for BAME students with (and without) diagnoses of SpLDs.Connect with Gavin Mensah-Coker on social media: (Profile Page) (LinkedIn page) This podcast is funded by the Awards 4 All (London Community Fund)

Dyslexia & Depression

Season 7, Ep. 1
Dr Neil Alexander-Passe is dyslexic himself, and is the Head of SEND unit at a large co-education mainstream secondary school in North London, rated by OFSTED to be 'outstanding'. He is also an inclusion expert for the UK's Department of Education. He gained his Doctorate/PhD in 2018.In 1990 he gained a BA Hons in Graphic Design (University of South Wales) leading to a 20-year successful career as a graphic designer in the travel industry. In 2005 gained an MPhil researching how dyslexic teenagers cope using measures of self-esteem, coping and depression (The Open University), and in 2010 he published his first book ‘Dyslexia and Depression: The Hidden Sorrow’.His passion is to understand the trauma that many dyslexics experience at school, and any emotional ramifications that follow impacting on mental health. In 2010 he retrained as a teacher and has worked in special needs in both primary and secondary education. He is an advocate of early assessment in schools (gaining his CPT3A in 2014, so is a qualified assessor), and this has led him to present to MPs and peers in parliament on educational policy.His current focus is with a ‘bi-ability’ theoretical model for dyslexia (compared to the ‘social’ model of disability) and the use of a ‘post-traumatic growth’ concept to understand how many dyslexic individuals can be successful ‘despite or because’ they experienced traumatic schooling as children.His academic books include two edited volumes investigating ‘Dyslexia and Creativity’ (2010) and ‘Dyslexia and Mental Health’ (2012) and a book investigating ‘Dyslexia, Dating, Marriage and Parenthood’ (2012). He has also written books on ‘Dyslexia and Mental Health: Helping people identify destructive behaviours and find positive ways to cope’ (2015), ‘The Successful Dyslexic-Identify the keys to unlock your potential’ (2017) and 'Surviving School as a Dyslexic Teenager: A Guide for Parents and their Teenager Children (Critical Youth Studies)' (2020).Connect with Dr Neil Alexander-Passe online: Twitter: @DyslexicSuccessWebsite: