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Sarah Beard

Dyslexia Assessor and Tutor 

Sarah is the founder and director of DITTAS. She is a Dyslexia Consultant with extensive experience teaching and assessing learners of all ages, having worked for over twenty-five years supporting dyslexic learners, including many years in a College of Further Education. Sarah also lectures locally and nationally on the subject of dyslexia and SpLD and has trained over 300 teachers to become Dyslexia Specialists in teaching and assessing students with SpLD (Dyslexia). She was a joint founder of the PAPAA course, a nationally recognised qualification in assessing Access Arrangements. Sarah offers assessments for all ages and tutors children aged 6-14. She regularly attends training events to supplement her Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and believes that you never stop learning.

Sarah has three dyslexic children of her own (all adults now), so she understands the struggle that parents have with getting their child’s needs recognised. She is passionate about helping dyslexic students and those who support them. When you call DITTAS, Sarah will always be the first person you speak to and is happy to answer any questions you may have.  



Dyslexia Assessor 

APC – Assessor for all ages, including DSA, Workplace and Exam Access Arrangements


Cathy returned to teaching over ten years ago as a result of seeing how learners with SpLDs often struggled to have their difficulties recognised.


She has now been assessing both children and adults for a number of years, including assessing for DSA, Workplace and Exam Access Arrangements. Cathy has conducted many assessments for dittas over a period of eight years and works from a business centre in Croydon.  


Dyslexia Tutor  

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Colette, Literacy and Touch Typing Tutor

Colette is a Dyslexia Specialist Teaching Assistant who runs the Saturday morning Literacy and Touch Typing Class. She also works in a secondary school with children who have Special Educational Needs. 




Speech and Language Therapist  

Francesca is a Speech and Language Therapist who offers Speech and Language Therapy and Speech and Language Assessments through her own company