Paula Mills

I am excited to be bringing The Reading Doctor program to Dorset, where I have lived most of my life.

I qualified with BA Hons as a Primary School Teacher 22 years ago.  Most of my teaching experience has been in Key Stage 1 and Early Years, which I find the most rewarding year groups to teach.  It is a great privilege to be a child’s first teacher.  There is something incredibly special and rewarding about helping children begin their journey to becoming happy successful learners, embracing the challenges of learning new things, developing qualities of resilience and perseverance. 

During my career, I have been Literacy Coordinator, establishing a reading scheme for the school, ICT Coordinator and Arts Leader and I am currently developing a ‘mastery’ approach to the teaching of Maths in Early Years.    Becoming a part-time teacher following the birth of my first child allowed me to combine my love of teaching with bringing up my children and teaching them their first steps in life, including reading.  I have lots of experience of working with children with additional needs, or who have barriers to their learning and tailoring lessons to help them develop and achieve.

Personally, I was a late developer in reading for pleasure.  It was not something I found easy or enjoyable, and whilst in education I found it more of a chore or a necessity to learn or gather information.  When I had finished studying, there was huge interest and talk of J.K. Rowling and Harry Potter, The Philosophers Stone.  Being a Primary teacher, I decided to read the book and see what all the fuss was about, and that was it, I was hooked.  I have had a book by my bedside ever since, (although I have now graduated to reading adult books for pleasure and not just children’s books!).  I am proud to say I have passed on my enjoyment of books to my children who love having stories read to them and read for enjoyment themselves.  I still love reading to children in my class, the first step I believe in getting children to experience the pleasure a book can bring. 

I want to continue developing this passion and enjoyment for reading in others and understand how challenging it can be to develop both the skill of reading and a love of reading.  I have seen first-hand the cuts that have been made to school budgets and to supporting children with barriers. The thought of children becoming two years behind in their reading age before any help can be sought externally does not sit comfortably with me.  So, when I heard about The Reading Doctor and the success of its program in helping children overcome barriers and succeed with reading, as well as develop a love of books, I could not wait to find out more.

I am able to use all my years teaching experience to deliver a personal 1:1 reading program that will achieve these aspirations in your child, whatever their need and level of ability.  I am creative and strive to make learning enjoyable and engaging.  The ethos of the Reading Doctor supports my own values respecting the rights of the child and using positive language and praise to develop a good sense of self-worth and high self-esteem essential to being a successful learner.

I look forward to meeting you and discussing your child’s needs and how I can best help them in the development of their reading. 

Paula Mills

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