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As a child, Sharon Solomon never quite fit in. “I was always curious and wanted to know the ‘why’. But it was difficult for me because a lot of the classes were text based and focused on rote learning and I found it difficult to be taught in that way,” recalls Solomon. “To me, it was not learning as I could not dissect what I had learnt or question anything, I just had to take it all in.”

Never quite shaking off the feeling of being an outlier, Solomon instead focused her energy on changing things in her own way. She went on to become an educator before launching The Winstedt School in 2008, to engage and educate neurodiverse children who may not benefit from mainstream schools.

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