Catherine Deveuve

Study Skills Tutor (SpLD)

Catherine has been teaching adult learners for over twenty years, the last seventeen as a Specialist Study Skills Tutor. They have a master’s degree in History and an undergraduate degree is in English. They also have a PGCE and a Level 7 Certificate in teaching and Assessing SpLD. Catherine has taught in all sorts of places over the years, from prison and community education to universities and colleges, and the one thing that has made them want to always keep teaching is that it allows them to meet people who can sometimes underestimate their own ability and help them realise what they can really achieve.

Catherine is truly excited about working with D&A, as they are an organisation whose values and ethos Cathereine shares, as they think the most important thing is working collaboratively using everyone’s diverse skills to achieve a goal. For this reason, Cathereine’s teaching is always student-centred, designed around what each individual student wants, and working with a student’s strengths and learning style.

Catherine feels the social model of disability is particularly relevant to the education system, especially at university, as so many courses are taught and assessed in ways that discriminate against many learners, which means students can struggle when they shouldn’t need to. A big part of their role is to give students strategies to overcome this, and that’s why Catherine love being a study skills tutor, as they can help people understand that they have the ability to succeed at university and get the grades they deserve.