Dyslexia assessment and teaching

Why should you consider an assessment?

It’s important that pupils realise that they aren’t “stupid “or “lazy”, but that there is a reason for their difficulties. It is crucial to maintain a pupil’s confidence and self-esteem and avoid possible mental health issues.

An assessment will provide a clear summary of not only pupils’ difficulties, but also their strengths. The most important part of the report is the recommendations, which provides home and school with clear strategies to support the pupils. Dyslexia reports are also significant, as they can recommend to the school extra time in tests or exams, a reader, scribe or a separate exam room. It is then up to the school whether they adopt these suggestions.

Who can assess for dyslexia?

A dyslexia assessment can only be carried out by an educational psychologist or a specialist dyslexia teacher with a postgraduate diploma in dyslexia or a level 7.

What age can a child be assessed?

A child can be assessed from the age of 7.

Where is it carried out and when?

It is carried out at my home in Pinner, in a relaxed and informal manner, to put the pupil at ease. It takes place over two sessions in the morning when the pupils are fresh.

What does it involve?

Initially, background information is gathered from parents, the teacher/SENCO and the pupil. A variety of assessments covering underlying ability, memory, reading, writing, spelling and maths will be carried out. Together with all the background information and the results of the assessments, a professional report is collated, identifying the strengths and weaknesses of the pupil and recommending strategies to support the pupil at home and in school.

What then?

I will discuss the report on the phone or face to face and if desired, accompany the parent/guardian into school to discuss the recommendations with the teacher/SENCO.

1 to 1 teaching

I may be able to provide tutoring if I have availability, or 1 to 1 teaching in school if this can be arranged.