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

Lynne is our assessor at The Learning Loft.  She holds an Assessment Practising Certificate, validated by Patoss, which means that her assessments are recognised by exam boards, schools and other institutions.  Timings of assessments can be flexible, but we tend to find that mornings work best.  They can be arranged for any day of the working week, or a Saturday morning.

We offer different types of assessment:

Full diagnostic assessment

  • An in-depth assessment that provides a detailed picture of an individual’s cognitive skills
  • The only way that dyslexia can be formally identified
  • You will receive a clear and comprehensive written report, with recommendations to support future learning
  • Suitable for all age groups
  • This assessment is accepted by universities and is suitable for applications for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) at a higher education level

Introductory assessment

  • A shorter, less in-depth assessment, which provides indications of strengths and any areas requiring more support
  • You will receive test results in the form of a table with a short written summary
  • Most suitable for children
  • Please note, this assessment will not give a formal diagnosis of dyslexia.  However, it may indicate signs of the more common dyslexic traits, suggesting that further assessment may be beneficial.

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

We aim to be flexible and adapt to the individual, so please get in contact if you feel you need something different, or would like more information about any of the options above.  Please note, a vision test is always recommended before one of these assessments.


Irlen Screening

Lynne holds an Irlen Institute Screener qualification, and is 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