Steve in Delhi

My experience spans over forty years of work and research in special and mainstream education. In 1986 I founded and then developed and built a specialist secondary school for dyslexic boys, a school which won major national awards.

I am now an independent consultant, researcher and writer and have presented papers, contributed to conferences worldwide (over 30 countries) and deliver training courses for psychologists, teachers, parents and support assistants.


BSc (Chemistry) PhD (Applied Physics) University of Leeds
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) University of Bristol
Dip Ed Man Bristol Polytechnic
Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association


2008 The Marion Welchman International Award for Services to Dyslexia
2010 The Lady Radnor (Dyslexia Action) Award for lifetime services to dyslexia.
2012.  IDA Orton Oak’
2013 Visiting Prof of Special Education, University of Derby. 2013 to 2016. Tenure extended to 2019.
2014 FRSA

Teaching Experience

14 years in mainstream schools teaching science
24 years as Head of three schools for dyslexic pupils
1981-84 Head of Shapwick School, a secondary school for dyslexic boys
1984-85 Head of Chatauqua Academy, Baltimore, USA, a co-ed high school for dyslexic pupils

I was founder (1986) and Principal of Mark College, Somerset. I retired from the College in Summer 2005.
During my 19 years of setting up and running Mark College it was awarded Beacon School Status by the DfES,
the Award for Excellence by the Independent Schools' Association,
a Highly Effective School Certificate by the DfES,
a National Training Award and a Sportsmark (with Distinction)
Out of 14 members of staff, six had books published on aspects of dyslexia.

Societies and Committees (past and present)

These include:-
  • Chair of the 3rd International Conference of the British Dyslexia Association
  • Chair (and co-founder) of CReSTeD, the Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic pupils
  • DfES Advisory Group on Partnerships between Independent and State Schools
  • Trustee of the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre
  • Chair Dyslexia Action's Education Advisory Group
  • Chair of BDA Dyscalculia and Maths LD sub-committee
  • Member of the ESRC Peer Review College
  • Honorary Advisory Member of the Register of Educational Therapists (Singapore)
  • Visiting Professor at the University of Derby
  • Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts

Lectures and Conferences

I have lectured and provided INSETs and CPD in some 30 countries worldwide and have been a keynote speaker at many major conferences. I set up the first Post Graduate Certificate course in the UK for maths and dyslexia which was accredited by the BDA for the AMBDA (Numeracy). The course was validated by MMU (4 Masters modules at M level) and was delivered for 4 years under Mark College's Beacon School funding.

See also 'Publications'

Articles and papers by Steve Chinn

These articles have been published in a variety of special needs publications and provide background information on dyscalculia and mathematical learning difficulties (for a selection of these see 'Articles').