Debby Pollard Dyslexia

Dyslexia Assessment. Dyslexia Tutoring. Dyslexia Training and Support.

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About me..

Following 16 years in a mainstream secondary school, first as a science teacher then as a Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator, I specialised in the area of Dyslexia.  Having trained at the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, I am a Level 7 qualified teacher and assessor of learners with specific learning difficulties.  I have an Assessment Practicing Certificate from PATOSS (Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties). 


When teaching I generally work 1:1 with learners who need additional support with literacy, numeracy and science.  I have experience working with learners from Key Stage 2 up to and including sixth form.  I also undertake diagnostic assessments for all ages, as well as assessments for exam access arrangements and DSA applications and can provide training for anyone working with, or supporting people with dyslexia. 


Having been a SENCo I am experienced at working with learners with a wide range of additional needs.

I am based in Perrancoombe, Perranporth, Cornwall.


How can I help?



I have worked 1:1 with learners from 7 - 17 years old.  For each student I set personalised targets and plan lessons based on the individual needs of the learner.  Using a multi-sensory approach I can cover literacy, numeracy and study skills.  Having a science background I can also cover up to GCSE science.

Diagnostic Assessment

Assessment is not just about getting a label, it details strengths as well as the areas of difficulty, and gives clear guidance on the way forwards.  Having gone through this process with one of my children I appreciate the emotions that can be involved in this process.

Other services

  • Access arrangements for exams.

  • Assessment for DSA.

  • Training for school staff.

  • Parent course on supporting your child with dyslexia.

What  people say about me..

Parent of an 8 year old boy who received dyslexia tutoring

"He was struggling mostly with his writing and, as a result, his confidence was low. Debby has been giving him some tips and strategies to overcome his difficulties, in a fun and energising way. Our son’s confidence and writing have greatly improved since and, he is now happy to write for the fun of it."

Parent of a year 6 boy who was assessed

"Thank you for making the whole process a little less daunting and for making him feel at ease during the assessment."

Parent of a year 11 boy who received science tutoring

"My son has found the sessions extremely beneficial and his confidence has improved significantly."

Parent of a year 5 girl who received dyslexia tutoring

"Patience and empathy with my daughter does not go unnoticed.  Really do not think we would have made as much progress without Debby's support and tutoring"

Year 11 student with dyslexia who received science tutoring

"You have been a massive help for me.  Thank you for making me feel confident throughout my GCSE's."

Parent of a year 4 girl who was assessed

"You managed to put her at her ease during the assessment process....the approach you have taken has helped her to understand why she finds things tricky"


Qualifications and Training

Academic Qualifications

BSc Biochemistry : University of Surrey
PGCE Secondary Science : Open University
Masters in Education : Open University

Professional Qualifications and Affiliations

Level 7 Diploma in Teaching and Assessing Learners with Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties : OCR

Full Member PATOSS (APC)

Professional Member British Dyslexia Association

National Award for Special Educational Needs Coordination : University of Reading

Professional Development

Multi Sensory Teaching - Make learning fun and memorable: Nov. 2017
How To Thrive - Developing practical resilience skills for young people: June 2018
Assessment and diagnosis of maths difficulties and dyscalculia (Steve Chinn): October 2018
Memory Lite Classroom - Making it work for our quick forgetters (Neil MacKay): Nov. 2018
What is Dyspraxia/DCD? (Amanda Kirby): March 2019


Get in Touch

If you have any questions about these services, please get in touch.

Perrancoombe, Perranporth, Cornwall

07500 955169

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