Our associate team provides exceptional experience in SpLD. 

They come extremely well qualified, with abundant knowledge based on research and their own time in specialist education. 

As advisors, our team will provide the benefit of both their experience and the latest research, to support an outstanding CPD and training scheme, and cutting edge curriculum design at Abbot's Way.  They are advocates for our forward thinking approach and holistic environment    'This is how every child should learn' 'Your setting is so impressive, exactly what your students need'.

We look forward to working with our professionals in order to assure exemplary practice and provision.

Professor Sean F. MacBlain

C. Psychol., C. Sci., BA, MA, M.Ed. Psychol., PhD (Exon), Dip. SpLd, FRSM, AFBPsS, FHEA, AMBDA

Continued Professional Development Associate

  • B.A. Hons. Psychology
  • M.A., Special Education in the Mainstream School
  • M.Ed., Psychology (Professional Training as an Educational Psychologist)
  • PhD. (Exeter)
  • Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties/Dyslexia (Dyslexia Institute, Bath)

We welcome Sean to our AWS team.

Sean will support with the assurance of an innovative, fluid approach to learning in an advisory capacity.

Professor Sean MacBlain PhD is an internationally recognised author and academic whose publications include: MacBlain (Sage, 2020) Child Development for Teachers; MacBlain (Sage, 2018) Learning Theories for Early Years Practice, MacBlain, Dunn and Luke (Sage, 2017) Contemporary Childhood; MacBlain, Long and Dunn, (Sage, 2015) Dyslexia, Literacy and Inclusion: Child-centred Perspectives; Gray and MacBlain (Sage, 2015) Learning Theories in Childhood; MacBlain (Sage, 2014) How Children Learn.

Before retiring, Sean worked as a senior academic at the University of St Mark & St John, Plymouth where he lectured in special education and psychology and prior to that as senior lecturer in special education and developmental psychology at Stranmillis University College, Queen’s University Belfast.

Sean has worked within the field of special educational needs in primary and secondary schools and set up and led the postgraduate programme for teaching children with dyslexia at Bridgwater College, Somerset. Sean was also employed as a specialist dyslexia tutor at Millfield School. In addition to his many years of experience as a teacher, Sean is also a qualified educational psychologist and has worked in this field for over thirty years.

Sean has also been external examiner to postgraduate Master’s degree Level programmes in dyslexia at a number of universities and continues in this role at present.

Membership of professional bodies

  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Medicine
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society
  • Chartered Scientist, British Psychological Society
  • Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association

Cathy Papworth

‘Learn to Thrive’ Curriculum Development Associate

  • MSc  Geography  Cert. Ed. 
  • Level 7 Diploma in Specific Learning Difficulties

We welcome Cathy to our AWS team

She will support with the assurance of a dynamic, forward thinking education and pastoral framework in a research and advisory capacity.

  • Cathy has 28 years of experience in education:
  • working initially in the state sector with 11-18 year olds, teaching Mathematics and Geography.
  • 2 years in Accra, Ghana helping to establish The New Horizon School, the first provision in the country for children with Special Needs.
  • 22 years at Millfield Prep School in the Junior department, the Maths department, the Language Development Centre and later on as Head of Geography with 11-13 year olds liaising with Millfield Senior School.

Although now retired, she has a continuing interest in and passion for education, with particular interest in curriculum development and Specific Learning Difficulties.