About Sarah

I qualified as a teacher in 1999 and my teaching experience spans further, adult and higher education as well as delivering initial teacher training and INSET sessions. For around 20 years, I've specialised in dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties. Although my initial post-graduate qualification focused on assessing those aged 16+, I then did further training and mentoring to assess all age groups, and therefore I also have over 14 years' experience of assessing children. 

Having worked with many thousands of children and adults over the years, I bring a wealth of experience to the full diagnostic assessment which is conducted in a professional but very relaxed and friendly manner. I have extensive experience of assessing people with additional needs such as those with autistic spectrum conditions, ADHD and mental health difficulties and I've completed assessments for Social Services. I've also assessed abroad and had international clients fly to the UK as I'm just a 15 minute drive from London Gatwick Airport. 

I'm lucky to be mum to a daughter with dyslexia and dyspraxia who's now at university. I'm a mental health crisis volunteer with the Shout service and I spend my spare time following Formula 1 and Liverpool FC, tap dancing, horse riding and getting up to lots of really exciting adventures!

I hold the following relevant qualifications:

  • Post Graduate Diploma in Adult Dyslexia Diagnosis and Support 
  • Current PATOSS SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate
  • MA Lifelong Learning 
  • Post Graduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education 
  • Certificate of Education 
  • QTLS (Qualified Teaching and Learning Status)  
  • Level 3 counselling skills       
  • Various CACHE level 2 certificates including Understanding Autism and Understanding Behaviour that Challenges.                     

I've completed training in adult ADHD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in London.                                                                             

Professional membership:

  • Fellow of the Society for Education and Training
  • Fellow of the Dyslexia Guild
  • Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association (AMBDA FE/HE)
  • Professional Patoss Member                                
  • Member of the Institute of Leadership and Management

Other relevant information:

  • I hold a clean enhanced DBS record (last carried out in August 2021)
  • I completed the NSPCC Child Protection for Tutors course (July 2021)
  • I hold professional indemnity insurance
  • I'm registered with the Information Commissioner's Office
  • I regularly attend face-to-face and online training, take part in webinars and engage almost daily with other professionals from around the country