Tony initially worked in inner city and suburban areas around London as a teacher in primary and secondary schools and as an educational psychologist. He then spent eight years as Principal Educational Psychologist for the Inner London Education Authority. Subsequently he moved into higher education, firstly as Professional Director of Training in Educational Psychology here. After that at the University of Luton his posts included Head of the newly established Psychology Department and Head of the Centre for Education Studies. In the newly amalgamated University of Bedfordshire he led an Advanced Postgraduate Certificate on Special Educational Needs and English as an Additional Language and is now Visiting Professor in Educational Psychology.
Tony's 80+ publications have covered a wide range of subjects, including psychological assessment, dyslexia, the education of bilingual children and selective mutism. His most recent research projects with colleagues at the University of Bedfordshire and elsewhere have focused on literacy learning difficulties of bilingual pupils (funded by the DfES), the education of minority ethnic children in mainly white schools (funded by the DfES), routes into teaching (funded by the TTA) and young people’s representations of child development (funded by ESRC). He chaired the Editorial Board of the National Association of Special Educational Needs for six years and has organized and led national conferences for the British Dyslexia Association and the National Association for Language Development in the Curriculum. His external training and consultancy work has taken him to over 45 local education authorities, children's services and professional associations in the last ten years.
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