Helen Wall



Helen graduated in psychology from the University of Loughborough and completed a one year PGCE through the School Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme based in South Essex. Helen taught 7-11 year olds in a Junior School in Billericay. She then worked as an assistant psychologist in Essex before becoming a full-time researcher on the Leverhulme funded research based at the University of Warwick. Helen has been a consultant with Optima since 2005.


Helen was the lead researcher on three major school-based research projects conducted over a ten year period into raising children’s attainments in reading, writing and spelling, and mathematics. A major role was to ensure the ‘fidelity to the treatment’ and help teachers to implement the experimental teaching interventions in the classroom.


Helen’s areas of expertise are:

  • instructional psychology;
  • teaching reading, writing, spelling and mathematics;
  • inclusive education in mainstream classrooms;
  • raising the academic standards of students from low income families;
  • meeting the educational needs of children perceived to have special educational needs;
  • managing children’s behaviour;
  • improving school and teacher effectiveness and raising academic in both primary and secondary schools;
  • writing classroom materials, derived from research outcomes that are readily accessible to teachers.


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