Is your child:

  • Anxious or switched off about learning?
  • Struggling to meet the ‘expected’ levels in Primary School?
  • Struggling in English literacy lessons with reading, writing or spelling?
  • Struggling in Maths especially in number work?
  • Struggling to remember learning?
  • Not meeting their full potential?

Are you worried that your child:

  • Might have a learning difficulty?
  • Has dyslexia or dyscalculia? (problems with numbers)
  • Needs extra support?
  • Needs the school to understand how they learn best so that they can meet their needs?
  • Is anxious and stressed?

If you have answered yes to any of the questions above then you may wish to invest in a private assessment.

Verbatim can offer the unique opportunity of having an assessment where both you and you child feel most comfortable; either within the home setting, school or at our rooms at the wonderful Pensthorpe Natural Park, Fakenham.

Verbatim Education was created after the cut to local funding to support children who were:

  • Not achieving to their full potential
  • Demonstrating learning difficulties like dyslexia.
  • Emotionally vulnerable which is becoming a barrier to their learning

What happens?

I provide all the equipment and healthy snacks. All that is needed is a quiet space with a table for the short writing tasks however I am incredibly adaptable and have been known to undertake parts of the assessment on a climbing frame, within a playhouse and half way up a tree! My aim is to make the experience as fun as possible and two decades of working with children enable me to quickly refine my teaching style to meet the needs of the individual.

Ideally, the assessment would take place at Pensthorpe in our beautiful room which has the scope for all types of learning styles; from curling up on our comfortable reclining chairs to sitting in a tee-pee or relaxing across the floor. Sitting at a table is always an option though strangely not one most young people opt for! With plenty of space to move around and one side of the room which opens up onto the stunning nature reserve children quickly feel at home.

Can I stay in the room during the assessment?

Depending on the needs of the child or young person, parents & carers are welcome to sit in on the assessment but as the session moves on most parents & carers seek refuge in our lovely coffee shop or if the weather is good in the outdoor courtyard café.

How long does it take?

The assessment length can vary though a general guide would be an two to three hours  for a Key Stage 1 child and three to four hours with a Key stage 2 or 3. Breaks are built into the session at regular intervals to suit the needs of the child. 

What happens in the session?

The assessment begins with an informal chat where I use a simple scale to discover how the child feels about their learning, what they enjoy or find difficult and what they think might be able to make their learning improve. I then use a range of assessments to uncover the child’s learning profile which looks at how they best learn and areas that they might need support with and why. These include assessing their:

  • Understanding of language
  • Non-verbal reasoning skills
  • General intelligence strengths and weaknesses
  • Working memory – both auditory and visual
  • Phonic recognition and skills
  • Reading accuracy, comprehension, fluency,
  • Spelling & written skills
  • Diagnostic testing for dyslexia & visual stress
  • Assessment for numeracy and dyscalculia can also be requested.

While the data from these assessments is valuable I am also interested in observing how the child manages tasks in terms of concentration, attention to task and self-esteem. All these areas are reflected upon within drawing conclusions about the child’s learning style.

Parents & Carers involvement

As previously highlighted, parents & carers are welcome to stay with their child during the assessment.

Parent’s and family’s point of view are really valuable and play an important part of the report. Learning, medical, developmental and family history are discussed and reflected on in the written report through prior agreement with parents and carers.

All findings are discussed with the parents/carers on the day and I find it valuable, when possible, to also discuss this with the child’s class teacher so recommendations can be given when necessary.

Written Report

All findings will then be provided within a formal report:

  • Sent within 14 working days to your home address and child’s school
  • Include daily classroom and individual strategies to support your child
  • Include specific and general advice on how to support learning at home
  • Is written in a clear and readable form for both parents and other professionals
  • Is presented in a dyslexic and visual stress friendly layout and format

Cost

A full learning and memory assessment which includes a dyslexia diagnostic assessment and advice for exam dispensation + written report –  £360

An assessment to assess dyscalculic traits (at this time there is no formal test) and supporting advice in a written report – £180

If your child attends any of the Fakenham Cluster of schools there is a discount so please let me know if they do.