Graeme Dobson

Graeme Dobson

School of Education
Senior Lecturer

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT, United Kingdom

Graeme is a Lecturer on the Language Literacies and Dyslexia programme and on the Special Educational Needs Coordination (SENCO) programme in the Department of Disability, Inclusion and Special Needs.

He has extensive experience of working in a wide range of schools across the West Midlands. As well as holding various senior leadership roles within primary schools, he has also worked in an advisory capacity for two local authorities helping schools to support children with cognition and learning difficulties. Graeme continues to provide consultancy and training to a range of schools including those who have found themselves in challenging circumstances. He also provides SpLD assessment and support services for a variety of organisations, including schools, higher education establishments and workplace clients such as the National Health Service. 

Graeme is an accredited Nurture Group Practitioner and a licensed trainer for I Can, the children’s communication charity. He is also an Associate Member of The British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA) and holds full membership of The Professional Association of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS). Graeme is a registered assessor listed with the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee (SASC).


Academic Qualifications

  • MSc Psychology, Coventry University
  • MA (Ed) Equality and Diversity, Open University
  • BA (hons) Applied Social Sciences, Lancaster University
  • Post Graduate Certificate – National SENCo Award, University of Birmingham
  • Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education, University of Birmingham
  • PGCE, Lancaster University 

Professional Accreditations

  • Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
  • Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA)
  • National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH)
  • Assessment Practising Certificate (APC BDA)
  • Member of the British Psychological Society (MBPsS)


Graeme teaches on the following programmes:

Graeme also teaches sessions within other modules in the School of Education.


Recent publications


Stephenson, M & Dobson, G 2020, 'Deciphering the Development of Smart and Sustainable Tourism Cities in Southeast Asia: A Call for Research', Austrian Journal of South-East Asian Studies.

Dobson, G & Douglas, G 2020, 'Factors influencing the career interest of SENCos in English schools', British Educational Research Journal.

Jørgensen, C, Perry, T & Dobson, G 2020, 'Migrant Children with Special Educational Needs: Emerging findings from a recent review and their implications for educational practice', The Education Exchange. <>

Jørgensen, C, Dobson, G & Perry, T 2020, 'Migrant children with Special Educational Needs in European schools – a review of current issues and approaches', European Journal of Special Needs Education.

Morris, R & Dobson, G 2020, 'Spending the Pupil Premium: what influences leaders’ decision-making?', Educational Management Administration & Leadership.

Dobson, G 2019, 'Understanding the SENCo workforce: re-examination of selected studies through the lens of an accurate national dataset', British Journal of Special Education.

Deacon, H, Holliman, A, Dobson, G & Harrison, E 2018, 'Assessing direct contributions of morphological awareness and prosodic sensitivity to children’s word reading and reading comprehension', Scientific Studies of Reading.

Dobson, G & Douglas, G 2018, 'Who would do that role? Understanding why teachers become SENCos through an ecological systems theory', Educational Review.


Dobson, G 2019, ‘Begin at the beginning’ – Identifying ideas for a PhD. in K Townsend, M Saunders, R Loudon & E Morrison (eds), How to keep your doctorate on track: Insights from students’ and supervisors’ experiences. Edward Elgar.

Web publication/site

Dobson, G, Dyslexia: Specific introductory videos for new classroom teachers, 2020, Web publication/site. <>

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