Who are our approved assessors?
We have a team of experienced diagnostic assessors; both AMBDA qualified specialist teachers and educational/occupational psychologists registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
All of our assessors have experience in assessing and teaching/working with individuals who have dyslexia and associated specific learning difficulties. In addition, they are required to hold a current Assessment Practising Certificate (APC) and they all have DBS clearance.
Educational psychologists have access to a different type of cognitive ability test that specialist teachers are not able to use, so may be more suitable for those with complex learning differences.
A specialist teacher is more likely to have a better understanding of the classroom environment and so should be able to make more specific recommendations for education support.
If an assessment is being used to support disciplinary/dismissal or tribunal activities we would recommend an educational or occupational psychologist carries out the assessment.
Some of our assessors can diagnose some co-occurring conditions such as dyspraxia and dyscalculia, although different tests are needed for these. The pre-assessment questionnaire will help alert the assessor to any additional difficulties, so please make sure you note this clearly on the questionnaire.
A good assessor will always refer the individual on for further testing if they feel that there are indicators of conditions other than dyslexia.
Assessors are not able to diagnose learning difficulties such as autism or ADHD, as these are medical rather than educational difficulties and so require a different type of assessment.
Arranging your own assessment?
If you plan to arrange your own assessment this document will tell you more about the qualifications and experience you should look for in a dyslexia assessor: Guidance : What to look for in a dyslexia assessor (pdf).
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