17 May 2012

NZ teaching programme to go global

6:22 am on 17 May 2012

A Christchurch teacher has signed a multi-million dollar global distribution deal for software she designed for students with learning difficulties.

Ros Lugg has taught people with learning difficulties for the past 10 years, and three years ago launched her computer-based programme STEPS onto the New Zealand market.

She developed the programme after discovering her son, David, was diagnosed with dyslexia. Now aged 25, he has written the software for the computer programme.

The STEPS programme is offered in 400 learning centres and schools throughout New Zealand and worldwide distribution is expected to begin next month.

Ms Lugg says the programme will be distributed to Britain, India, Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

She says the Australian school market alone will be worth $5 million a year and the British market $10 million annually.