Assessments (over 16) Chester Area*

Diagnostic Assessments for Students aged 16 and over.

Lisa Oxley

BA Hons English, PGCE, PGDip Dyslexia Research and Practice, AMBDA, APC (Patoss)


After many years as an English teacher, then an Adult Literacy tutor, I now work as a Dyslexia Specialist teacher and SENCO, supporting and assessing young people and adults with specific learning difficulties (SpLD).

I provide full diagnostic assessments for students and adults aged 16 and over, with detailed recommendations for sixth form, university or the workplace. I hold professional qualifications from the British Dyslexia Association and Patoss, and a current DBS certificate. In addition, I am a qualified Irlen’s (visual stress) screener. My reports follow the SpLD Assessment Standards Committee guidance and can be used as evidence when applying for the Disabled Student Allowance at university, or Access to Work funding.

What happens during the assessment?

The diagnostic assessment usually takes about four hours in a relaxed setting, with plenty of breaks in between each test. Standardised tests of verbal and non-verbal ability, memory, phonological awareness and processing speed will be carried out, as well as tests to explore reading, writing and spelling skills. Most participants find the experience interesting and even quite enjoyable! At the end of the assessment, I give verbal feedback, followed by an in-depth written report explaining what it all means – in straightforward language.

Specialist Areas: Exam Access Arrangements at GCSE and ‘A’ level (schools); Dyslexia and Dyspraxia in age 16+; DSA and Workplace Assessments, Irlen Screenings



‘Many thanks for your time and expertise. My son enjoyed his assessment session which reflects very well on your approach and style.’

‘We are really happy with the report so thank you very much’


‘I would like to thank you from the bottom of my heart for the confidence boost you have given me.’

‘It’s been very helpful and useful.’

‘I just want to say thanks very much for your help so far. I really appreciate it!’

‘It was a pleasure to meet you.  I really appreciate the help you’ve given me –  it means a lot :-)’

What next?

You can contact me for an informal chat through then decide if a full diagnostic assessment is needed for your current situation. For some people, a chat about the options available is all that is required. I look forward to hearing from you and helping you realise your ambitions!



Lisa Oxley