Dr Rhiannon Packer

Name:  Dr Rhiannon Packer

School: Cardiff School of Education & Social Policy

E-mail: rajpacker@cardiffmet.ac.uk

Room Number: Queenswood 0.15a

Research Groups: Pedagogy and Andragogy Research Group (PARG), Arts and Humanities Research Group (AHRG)



• Senior Fellow of Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)
• Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA)
• Member of Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (PATOSS)
• Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol

Research Interests:            
Initial field for PhD study: The development of Welsh-medium education in South East Wales 1949-192: A Critical Analysis of Development.
Current fields of interest:
• Early language development
• Bilingualism
• Specific Learning Difficulties
• Transition


Before joining the School of Education and Social Policy, Rhiannon Packer was a Senior Lecturer at the University of South Wales (USW) for fourteen years, teaching on the BA (Hons) Early Years, Education and Practice and the BA (Hons) Education, Inclusive Education and Early Years programmes.  Prior to that she taught Welsh as a second language in secondary schools in Caerphilly and Rhondda Cynon Taf.  She was also a Head of Year.  Between teaching posts Rhiannon worked as a research assistant and completed her PhD which looked at the development of Welsh-medium education in South East Wales.

Rhiannon became interested in supporting children with ALN while working as a secondary teacher and wrote and designed a book for SEN Welsh second language pupils which was sold to over 40 secondary schools in the area.  She later undertook a PGDip in SEN at USW where she specialised in Specific Learning Difficulties.  Rhiannon has delivered British Dyslexia Association accredited courses at USW on the undergraduate programme and has worked on the MA SEN Masters programme.  The impact of SpLD upon children and young people and the development of communication/language acquisition (in particular bilingual children and young people), are of particular interest to her. 


Peer-refereed Journal Articles

PACKER, R., Thomas, A., Jones, C. and Watkins, P. Voice of Transition: sharing experiences from the primary school. Education 3-13   


McInnes, K., Thomas, A., Pescott, C., Jones, C., PACKER, R. and Watkins, P. (2019) Enabling Theory into Practice: Making Sense of the 'way' and the 'how' in the Early Years. International Journal for Cross-disciplinary Subjects in Education.

Griffiths, D., Tarling, C., PACKER, R. and Newby, J. (2015) Entrepreneurship in Education Live Projects in Experiential Entrepreneurship Exercises Journal Vol.1 Issue Si-ETC

Books/ book chapters

PACKER, R., Jones, C., Thomas, A. and Watkins, P. (2021) All Change! Best Practice in Educational Transition. St Albans: Critical Publishing. 

PACKER, R., Watkins, P. and Hughes, M. (2017) Playing with Words in Teaching Early Years (eds McInnes,K. & Thomas, A) London: Sage

Conference  presentations

McInnes, K., Thomas, A., Jones, C., PACKER, R., Pescott, C. and Watkins, P. (2017) Symposium on Teaching Early Years.  Presented at the London International conference on Education, Churchill College, Cambridge.

PACKER, R., Williams, T and Jones, C (2015) An early evaluation of the impact of the Welsh-medium ALSA on practice.  Presented at the International British Dyslexia Association Conference, March 2015, Oxford.

Other publications
2020 The Conversation: https://theconversation.com/back-to-school-how-to-support-children-as-they-head-into-a-new-class-144453 28.08.2020 

2020 PACKER. R. Dyslexia in Higher Education. SEN Magazine Issue 104. Jan/Feb 2020.  

24.01.20  Daily Post: Dyslexic Welsh-speaking kids ‘losing out because of English only diagnosis tests’ https://www.dailypost.co.uk/news/uk-world-news/dyslexic-welsh-speaking-kids-losing-17622872  

23.01.20   Wales Online:  ‘My dyslexic daughter can’t get the help she needs now because she’s a Welsh speaker’ https://www.walesonline.co.uk/news/education/dyslexia-wales-test-diagnose-nhs-17619658?_ga=2.265008842.497723601.1580144531-1786388944.1525091157 

14.02.19   BBC Wales: Interview on Welsh medium education in Cardiff on Manylu, Radio Cymru.  

19.04.19  ITV Wales: Interview on research into dyslexia screening tool on ITV Wales. https://www.itv.com/news/wales/2019-04-19/the-dyslexia-test-that-could-help-people-get-earlier-diagnosis/ 

02.12.19  BBC Wales: Interview on the lack of Welsh medium resources for children with dyslexia: https://www.bbc.co.uk/cymrufyw/50551625 

2014                       Anifeiliaid Peryglus y Môr Atebol
                                Anifeiliaid Peryglys Atebol
                                Pryfed yr Ardd Atebol

2008                       Cyfres Tonic: I Mongolia mewn Fan Hufen Iâ CAA
                                Cyfres Tonic: Gwir Pob Gair CAA
                                Cyfres Tonic: 999  CAA

2007                       Cyfres Tonic: Blwyddyn Newydd Dda CAA
                                Cyfres Tonic: Hwnt ac Yma CAA
                                2 units of work for 'Taith Iaith 4' a 'Taith Iaith 5' CAA           

2006                       Cyfres Brechdan Inc 'Gwastraff' Gomer
                                Reading book for Taith Iaith 2 CAA
                                Reading book Taith Iaith 3 CAA

2005                       Unit of work for 'Taith Iaith 3' CAA


09.09.20 BESA: Using a targeted programme to support quiet, shy and anxious learners blog-post-using-a-targeted-programme-to-support-quiet-shy-and-anxious-learners with Dr Sue Davis. 

15.07.20 BESA:  Transition: Voices from across the bridge.  

https://educationstudies.org.uk/blog-post-transition-voices-from-across-the-bridge/ with Dr Amanda Thomas (University of South Wales). 


09.09.20 The importance of identifying and supporting quiet, shy children:  https://lnns.co/1PHlkmGorSN with Dr Sue Davis.  

05.07.20 Teaching Early Years publication: https://faculti.net/teaching-early-years-theory-and-practice/ with Dr Amanda Thomas (University of South Wales). 


Awarded a grant by IC2 University of South Wales to write and deliver on-line Accredited Learning Support Assistant Course with the British Dyslexia Association (Lead project).

Awarded a grant by the Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to write and deliver on-line Welsh-medium Accredited Learning Support Assistant Course with the British Dyslexia Association (Lead project).

Project lead for the publication of Prawf Sgrinio Dyslexia Cymraeg: Iau with Dyslecsia Cymru/Wales Dyslexia and Pearson Education Resources

Awarded small grant by Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol to deliver dyslexia awareness training to Welsh-medium PGCE students (Lead project).

Education Consultant on ‘The Binks’ ASDA healthy eating project


• Welsh Government Subject expert for Welsh medium ALN resources
• Welsh Government Subject Expert for Welsh second language resources
• DCELLS Subject Expert for Welsh-medium and Bilingual classroom materials