About Sarah 

I qualified as a teacher in 1999 and my teaching experience spans further, higher and adult education as well as delivering initial teacher training and INSET sessions. For more than 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 resulting in over 15 years' experience of assessing children. 

Having worked with 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 chilled and friendly manner. I've extensive experience of assessing people with additional needs such as those with autistic spectrum conditions, ADHD and mental health conditions including anxiety, and I've completed assessments for social services and the emergency services. I'm an international dyslexia assessor having assessed abroad and having had clients fly to the UK specifically to see me. I'm always open to forging new links with schools and organisations including those abroad and I can offer assessments that are during daytime hours for your time zone. 

As well as being mum to two adult children, I spend my spare time following Liverpool FC, watching all types of sport, travelling and getting up to many really exciting 'bucket list' adventures. I have my own website about bucket listing which seeks to inspire others, a community 'food waste hero' with the Olio app and a volunteer at a youth group for young people in school years 6-8. 

Relevant qualifications

  • MA Lifelong Learning
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Adult Dyslexia Diagnosis and Support 
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Studies in Education 
  • Current Patoss SpLD Assessment Practising Certificate (APC holder)
  • Certificate of Education (teaching qualification)
  • QTLS (Qualified Teaching and Learning Status)  
  • Level 3 Counselling Skills       
  • Various CACHE level 2 certificates including Understanding Autism and Understanding Behaviour that Challenges.                     


I also completed training in adult ADHD at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience in London with UKAAN.                   

Professional memberships:

  • 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 National Association of Professionals Concerned with Language Impaired Children                           
  • 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