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Mrs Kat Goodacre

Kat Goodacre

Profile summary

Professional biography

I have over 15 years’ experience working within charity, disability and education services, and have worked as a Literacy Tutor and Dyslexia Specialist for a national homeless charity in London, since 2016. I completed both my PGCE in Post-Compulsory Literacy (and ESOL) (2016) and my MA in SpLD (dyslexia) (2019) at UCL’s Institute of Education. I hold AMBDA and APC, meaning I can assess and diagnose dyslexia in children and adults. 

My MA research: Overcoming the hurdles: Understanding motivation and supporting adult learners with poor literacy and dyslexia in the homelessness sector was published in the Dyslexia journal (August 2020), and I am Committee Member and Communications Associate for Literacy100; a charitable trust working to support literacy learning within the homelessness sector.

Research interests

The ability to read and write are fundamental skills many of us take for granted. Sadly, many homeless individuals navigate their lives without these skills, thus hindering their journey out of homelessness. My research explores how, and to what extent, Psychologically Informed Environments (PIEs) are applied to literacy learning environments within the homelessness sector and adult education provision across the UK. ‘PIEs’ describe an approach which prioritises psychological and emotional wellbeing, and is commonly used by people or services supporting individuals who have experienced compound trauma. My PhD research looks to provide key insights and evidence around effective practice for supporting literacy learners with experience of homelessness and complex needs.

I have a particular research interest in Adult Literacy, Psychologically Informed Environments (PIEs), Trauma Infromed Approaches, Dyslexia and Homelessness.

Teaching interests

Trauma informed approaches, Psychologically Informed Environments, Literacy (children and adults), Dyslexia, Disability Awareness, Mental Health.

External collaborations

My PhD is funded by the ESRC Grand Union Doctoral Training Partnership (DTP) which brings together a small number of Social Science research students from Brunel University, the Open University and the University of Oxford. I am proud to sit within the Innovation in Learning Pathway (2020 cohort).

Literacy100 is a charitable trust that brings together service providers, practitioners, volunteers, and researchers supporting people with poor literacy in the homelessness sector. As one of the founding practitioners, I have been a Committee Member and Communications Assosiate since we launched in 2019.