Assessments are adapted to individual needs.  In order to meet these, I offer a free initial phone or email consultation.  During this I can answer any questions you may have about dyslexia or the assessment process.  I can also arrange a visit to our premises if required.

I hold an Assessment Practising Certificate, validated by Patoss, which means that my assessments are recognised by exam boards, schools and other institutions.  Timings of assessments can be flexible, but mornings work best.  They can be arranged for any day of the working week, or occasionally on a Saturday morning.

Full diagnostic assessment

All assessments are in-depth and provide a detailed picture of an individual’s cognitive skills and literacy attainments.  However,  some students will not be diagnosed with dyslexia or another SpLD, and so do not need a full report.  Therefore, assessments and fees involve two stages:

Stage 1:

  • Includes consultation, the assessment itself and informal feedback of results.
  • This feedback can provide general indications of strengths and any areas requiring more support.
  • Feedback can take many forms (often by telephone or email) and will occur after the tests have been marked and results analysed.
  • Please note, this feedback will not give a formal diagnosis of dyslexia.
  • 60% of full fee

Stage 2:

  • Includes a full, clear and comprehensive written report, with personalised recommendations to support future learning.
  • This is the only way that you will receive written confirmation of a diagnosis of any Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD), e.g. dyslexia.
  • Recent regulation changes have meant that a full diagnostic assessment can be used throughout a student’s education.  
  • This assessment is accepted by universities and is suitable for applications for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) at a higher education level.
  • Remaining 40% of full fee

60% of the full fee is due on booking your assessment.  Occasionally, people decide, following informal feedback (Stage 1), that they do not want a full diagnostic report.  If this is the case for you, you will receive test results in the form of a table with a brief written summary, and no further fee will be due.

If dyslexia or any other SpLD is diagnosed, a full diagnostic report (Stage 2) will be required.  In this case, the remaining 40% of the full fee must be paid prior to your report being sent to you.

Our assessments are tailored to the individual, and therefore are suitable for all age groups.  Please note, a vision test is always recommended before an assessment.


Exam Access assessments

  • For public exams, such as GCSE and A Level
  • Please note, recent changes in JCQ regulations have meant that these assessments can only be carried out in close co-operation with a student’s school, so the school should always be contacted in the first instance
  • We provide exam access assessments (and a Form 8 if appropriate) for several local schools and colleges


Irlen Screening

I hold an Irlen Institute Screener qualification, and am experienced in recognising students with visual perceptual difficulties.  Common signs are text blurring or letters moving or flashing, which may be helped by the use of a coloured overlay to improve reading ease.  A vision appointment with an optometrist may be recommended following an assessment.


“Thank you so very much for the really thorough and helpful report and for the reassurance, guidance and confidence you gave A during her assessment.  We all greatly appreciate what you have done.”

Parent of A, 17 years


“The specialist assessor is highly qualified, committed to meeting the requirements of the students, very warm and welcoming, which puts anyone at ease and is essential for building a rapport with children.”

Parent of J, 10 yrs