Frequently Asked Questions
A. Yes. I have helped younger children, middle school and secondary aged learners, post 16 learners in FE and HE & adults.
Q. Does the learner need to have an assessment?
A. Yes. For the purposes of establishing a profile of strengths and weaknesses in literacy skills I will assess the learner using standardised assessment tests. These are the same tests as used by Educational Psychologists during the process of obtaining a Statement of Special Educational Needs. So if this has already been granted, a copy of the assessment report would be very useful and save the learner from another assessment.
Q. How long is one session?
A. A session lasts between 60 and 90 minutes depending on the age and needs of the learner.
Q. How much will it cost?
A. I currently charge £35 an hour.
Q. How many sessions will I need?
A. Each learner will progress at their own rate. For many, progress will take time, as new strategies take a while to learn. I will regularly review and report back to parents on the progress that is being made and set out a schedule of lessons in advance, every half-term. Once progress is made however, it is permanent.
Q. What can family & friends do to support the learner?
A. Homework is set after every lesson and parents will need to be prepared to be involved in helping their child with a number of practice routines several times a week. Older learners too will need someone to practise with. Without this commitment it would be unlikely that a learner would progress through the DILP to full literacy.
Q. Do pupils need any special equipment for the lessons?
A. No. However, if the learner wears glasses with tinted lenses that cut out glare and visual disturbance, then these should be brought to the lessons.