Dr Ian SmytheDr Ian Smythe is an education consultant, bringing together expertise in literacy and assessment, with specific reference to those disenfranchised in an increasingly literate environment. He combines his research background and software development skills with his extensive expertise in literacy to produce effective solutions for wide implementation in the classroom and beyond.

His international work developed out of his PhD research into cognitive diversity and reading difficulties in different languages. These include Brazilian Portuguese, Hungarian and Chinese, as well as English and Welsh.

Dr Smythe has worked with foreign governments and non-governmental organisations (e.g. the World Bank) – conducting workshops, lectures and seminars around the world, including Angola, Brazil, Bulgaria, Bosnia, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Hong Kong, Poland and the Philippines.

During his activities in 15 EU project support related to Specific Learning Difficulties, Ian worked with more than 20 countries, not only on resources development but also ensuring the adaptation and modifications were appropriate for the local linguistic and cultural environments.

Dr Smythe has written several works on dyslexia and technology, and has worked with dyslexia in different languages and countries. His books have been published in Bosnian, Brazilian, Bulgarian, Polish and Czech and English. This is in addition to the multilingual resources of the EU projects.

He has also written a large number of research papers, and continues to provide support and advise to NGO and individuals around the world.

His activities in Do-IT are diverse, but include development of systems with respect to data analytics at the local (i.e. individual) level to the national level in terms of implementation and optimisation of the user experience, development of assessments in diverse language, and long term technical implementation strategies.


As part of the ongoing development process, Dr Smythe gives a free monthly webinar that tackles contentious issues with the field of cognitive research, all of which are made available online. (They can be viewed here.) Four have been made into articles for the British Psychological Society’s Assessment and Measurement quarterly.

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