Testimonials - published with permission.
Thank you for your help, Eric really enjoys his sessions with you and is proud of his progress.
Parent of a year 3 student with 'high cognitive potential associated with dyslexia' according to an independent psychologist report.
I shall always be grateful for getting my daughter back on track with her core skills, notably with writing, numeracy and the associated benefits of raised self confidence due to your patience, insight and follow through care. Your liaison with her class teachers and teaching assistants resulted in a coordinated and seamless learning programme that my daughter enjoyed and was a stakeholder within herself.
Many thanks and with deep appreciation. - Parent of a year 6 student.
Thank you George for working so well with our son. You picked up where his difficulties were early and for that I am forever grateful that we can now tailor his lessons to suit him. We saw definite improvement in his reading and writing under your guidance and in turn this grew his confidence. Parent of year 4 student who I helped to identify as dyslexic in an international school.
I see John making progress. In fact the last couple of days, John and I have had some really good reading time and he surprised me with just how well his reading has come along. We seem to have made a bit of a breakthrough.
I am very happy with the support John’s been getting from both the school, yourself and the Dyslexia Association - Parent of a year 3 student.
I will look forward to meeting with you to discuss Michael's steady progress. He will miss you. Your class is the one place that he feels like he can achieve like all other students. Right now, he does not understand why everyone else loves to go to school - Parent of year 3 student with dyslexia and behaviour difficulties
Mr Cowie had been an excellent Learning Support Teacher. Going through Year 11 was a struggle for my son, but Mr Cowie took it upon himself, to help my son to a great extent.
He did so, not only with much patience, but with immense understanding, by giving the latitude which my son needed, for him to carry out his daily school routines. Mr Cowie would always say that the door to his room is open and that my son could approach him for help anytime, and THAT to a parent with a special needs child, is more than heartening.
I just wanted to say thanks for your flexibility in working with Harry. Both at school and online he enjoyed participating in your literacy sessions and he responded well to your gentle encouragement - Parent of year 3 student
Thank you for helping my son transition into the IBO system of learning and for helping him to develop his confidence and to adapt to the different behaviour expectations at a new school. He is now much happier participating in lessons with his peers - Parent of year 7 student with a diagnosis of ADHD and dyslexia new to the IB system
George has been my daughter’s tutor since young age. He patiently guided her and helped her structure her work. Despite the fact that she was diagnosed with learning challenges, especially in Math and English, through the help of this support she was able to catch up with the average level of her peers by year 8.Thank you for the continuous and we are very pleased with the results - Parent of year 9 student
Thank you for helping Ahmed and Jamala in mathematics. They made great progress working with you for a short time online. You made them feel comfortable to learn. We will be in touch with you in case they need help again in future. I will share your website with my friends. My best wishes for success. - Mother of year 5 and year 7 students who had some disruption to their education due to relocating and then the pandemic. I worked with them both on booster mathematics sessions online using google meet and google docs and other interactive tools such as nessy.com products
Thank you, George, for supporting Alan in developing his confidence with your phonics, spelling and reading program. He has really developed his vocabulary and is a much more confident in his reading and writing skills following your support - Parent of year 8 student identified as having speech and language difficulties by an education psychologist. This student made a 2 and a half year's progress in reading and writing skills in one academic year.
Thank you for helping my son to actually enjoy practicing and developing his spelling skills - Parent of year 3 student identified as being not progressing at the expected rate in literacy development.
Thanks George, for helping Andy to work on his reading. Sometimes he is reluctant to work with his teachers, but he responded well to your gentle manner and the fun activities you provided - Parents of Year 2 boy who had made almost no recordable academic progress over an academic year in mainstream classes. We worked together in his home over the summer break.
At 11-years old, our son, whilst bright, struggled with ideation and organizing himself to complete his schoolwork. Learning support was suggested by the school and Mr George Cowie worked with our son to overcome his struggles. Over a period of 2-school years, our son was able to handle his academic workload unassisted. This improvement is the result of Mr Cowie’s diligent and empathetic guidance and support - Parent of year 9 student enrolled in school at year 7 on condition of receiving Learning Support. This student ultimately overcame his own barriers to learning as outlined by an education psychologist.
We have had the pleasure of having Mr. George Cowie as Jack's Learning Support Teacher in Year 12 and Year 13. Jack often struggles with his studies due a specific learning disability and was at the verge of not being able to graduate from High School. With Mr. Cowie's intervention in working with his teachers and the Diploma Programme Coordinator in school, Jack managed to enrol himself in courses which he enjoys and is recognised as part of the High School Diploma Programme.
Mr Cowie coached Jack during his scheduled hours and often allowed Jack to use his classroom as a venue for Jack to study and complete his school work. Through Mr Cowie's professional coaching and with years of experience in teaching and working with students of various ages and learning disabilities, Mr Cowie knew exactly how to help each student discover their inner strengths and bring out the best in them. This is indeed a life skill which is truly priceless to every child and their parents.
Mr Cowie often goes over and above his teaching hours to support parents like myself and is very prompt with his responses to every enquiry we sent him. We highly recommend Mr George Cowie in his current endeavour that he has chosen in his profession.
George's commitment to ensuring children (and teachers) thrive is evidenced in his practices. He brings a gentle and systematic approach to supporting language development and independent skills acquisition for all aged learners and was instrumental in supporting the Early Years' department at RISS to improve and embed learning and teaching strategies. While George's passion and professionalism shines through without bias or judgement, it does so with good humour and personality. You're in 'good hands' with George!
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I wish to recommend George Cowie as a teacher of Learning Support. I was delighted to offer George a job in my school Northfield Academy several years ago. George had a very calm nature which meant students worked well for him. He had a very good knowledge of the skills required and a good approach to get the very best out of all students assigned to him. His teaching skills are excellent so
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Thomas Watt, M.A., (maths) 1976 M.A. ( special education needs). 2001. Former Head of Support for Learning Northfield Academy, Aberdeen, Scotland (1983- , 2016) and advisor in Special Educational Needs for a number of agencies in Scotland 1990- 2010