Dr Tim Bunn
Consulting Educational Psychologist
Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society
Chartered Educational Psychologist
Member, Singapore Psychological Society
BA(Hons) Psychology & Philosophy, Oxford, UK
Post Graduate Certificate in Education, Primary,
Redland College, Bristol (now University of Bristol)
BSc Educational Psychology, University College, London
EdD, Educational Research, University of Warwick.
I taught for 9 years at primary, secondary (2 years in Nigeria) and special schools (in a school for children with severe learning difficulties). This experience means I can talk with teachers from experience of their role and can help them to find ways to adapt their teaching to the needs of individual children. It also means I take a realistic positive view of what schools can be expected to achieve, and understand some of the difficult situations that parents face when trying to get the best for their children.
My 19 years as an Educational Psychologist with Northamptonshire and Leicestershire CC’s in the UK included work as a specialist in severe learning difficulties (we wrote a book on dealing with Challenging Behaviour) and as a specialist in literacy difficulties and dyslexia. My doctorate was on interventions in UK Years 3 & 4 for children with literacy difficulties. I was also a managing Senior EP for Leicester City. At one stage I worked closely with the Child Guidance team, using behavioural, family systems therapy and milieu approaches to children’s emotional and behavioural difficulties. My own children are now very grown up, but I still enjoy working with children.
From 2000 to 2008 I led the team assessing and placing children with special needs in local mainstream and special schools and units, and in national special schools, for the Northampton area of Northamptonshire. I have a wide experience of how children's needs can best be met in mainstream and special schools.
In 2008-2011 I was the resident psychologist with Egerton-Rothesay independent specialist school. We provided specialist teaching in a small, supportive mainstream environment across the age range. Teachers, specialist teachers, Speech Therapists and Occupational Therapists worked closely together. I also worked as part of a national team of independent psychologists, and worked on projects for Leicester City on provision for children with language difficulties, on educational services for children with mental health needs, and on post-16 transition planning.
Since joining DAS International in August 2011, I have been working with children referred to DAS, learning about the Singapore education context and experiences of educating and bringing up children in this remarkable island. For about 1½ years I led the DAS Research team, undertaking projects on self-esteem, using computers and evaluating DAS's main teaching programme. Since August 2014 I have returned to full-time assessment for Special Educational Services within DAS and for DAS International. We try to provide state-of-the art assessments which are affordable and understandable. We are interested in all kinds of learning difficulties and differences, with or without diagnostic labels. We aim to ensure through close collaboration that parents are happy with our assessments, and with the speed and efficiency with which we work.