The Dyslexia

Teaching Centre Liverpool

Reducing disadvantage and maximising potential.

Over 30 years experience in assessing and teaching


Different Learning Difficulties

A busy and vibrant centre in the heart of Liverpool, offering assessment, advice and intervention to parents, schools and workplace organisations, to enable individuals to acquire the skills needed for success in education, the workplace and everyday life.

Situated in Mossley Hill, and overlooking Allerton Golf Course, the Centre provides a peaceful and picturesque setting within which to work, and an open and friendly atmosphere, where individuals can grow both personally and academically towards their own potential and goals.

The overall aim of the Unit is to identify the strengths and challenges within profiles and to provide strategies and tools to develop independent and successful learners. It creates an ethos of understanding and nurture, while setting the appropriate academic goals according to potential. The Dyslexia Teaching Centre prides itself not only on its expertise in dyslexia but also in AD/HD, ASD and Developmental Coordination differences and provides diverse interventions to accommodate the nature of these learning needs, whilst respecting the individuality and uniqueness of the individual.




Michele Pemberton MSc, MA, MEd, BA (Hons) PGCE, PG Dip Psych, Dip Cert (Adult Autism) is an experienced and respected multi-modal assessor, specialising in both Specific and Developmental Learning Differences.


Multisensory based interventions, memory and attentional training are delivered by specialist, highly qualified and experienced staff.

Dyslexia and Schools

The Centre provides outreach assessment and interventional support for schools.


Assessments at the unit are in great demand both by parents, adults and schools, as such, there is generally a few weeks wait before people are seen.


  • Full Dyslexia Assessment: £320
  • Dyscalculia Assessment: £320 – on occasions people will book both, in which
    case the Dyscalculia assessment will be lower at £220.
  • Preliminary Irlen Screening £75 – Overlays will be charged in addition.


The full Dyslexia Assessment takes between 2 ½ to 3 hours.

The full Dyscalculia Assessment 2 ½ to 3 hours.

Irlen Screening (50 mins – 60 mins).

Dyslexia Assessment

The Centre’s Dyslexia Assessment is divided into two halves:

Part 1: Cognitive Ability & Memory (Verbal, Visual, Attention/Concentration, General)

Irlen Screening (50 mins – 60 mins).

Part 2: Literacy Skills, Motor Control, Attention, Social Communication. The Centre Also uses a continuous computerised attention test (Gordons Diagnostic System)

Dyscalculia Assessment

Part 1: Cognitive Ability & Memory (Verbal, Visual, Attention/Concentration, General)

Part 2: Mathematical Skills across the curriculum.

Irlen Syndrome Assessment

Part 1: Visual Perceptual Questionnaires.

Part 2: Visual Perceptual Testing.

Part 3: Overlay Screening.

ADOS-2 Assessment for ASD coming soon…Please Inquire…Play Based Assessment.


There are several interventions available at the Centre…All interventions are provided within hour long sessions, taught in groups of two, each session costs £28.

Memory Training:

The Centre trains both visual and auditory memory systems using:

  • Traditional Alphabet based activities.
  • Computerised memory training programmes, targeting both visual and auditory recall domains.
  • Additional training is also given from publications advising varied techniques for recalling larger and more extensive quantities of data and text.
  • Revision techniques are also assessed to aid revision processes for exams.

Attention Training:

  • The Centre provides access to Play Attention Training – this involves moving characters on a computer screen using attention alone. This helps students to identify where their attention is situated and how to employ it. There are three degrees of difficulty, with additional distractions being added in at each level.
  • Attention training is also provided through: Biofeedback and neurofeedback computerised programmes.

Multi-Sensory Based Language Programme

Both memory and attention extension are also provided through the administration of the Dyslexia Action Literacy Programme (DALP), which provides the core of the Centre’s reading and spelling extension interventions. This intervention also has built in, multisensory based handwriting programme.

The DALP involves the teaching of letter sounds, combination letter sounds, and reading and spelling rules, through all the senses simultaneously.

The programme also encourages the pupil to identify and know their own style of learning, so they can take themselves forward independently.

For those who wish, we support pupils through preparation for 11+ exams…

We also work with older children in teaching study skills approaches and working with set texts for GCSE and A Level. Essay writing is targeted and structured, and timing restrictions observed as a means of raising external examination grades.

Two of the Centre staff are very experienced at working with students at University level as well.

Dyslexia and Schools

For several years now the Centre has worked with both Primary and Secondary schools within, Liverpool, Sefton, Halton, Knowsley and St Helens education authorities and beyond, providing primarily assessment support. The format of the testing is the same as the approach outlined in the assessment part of this website.

In order to make the assessments more financially accessible, the Centre currently charges schools £220 per assessment. The reports, while detailed, are not quite as long as the Centre based assessments provided at the Unit but they are still very thorough. Assessments are generally booked in by SENCOs.

Up to two assessments can be completed per day. The assessor generally arrives around 9:30am for the start of the first assessment. Each assessment takes approximately 2 hours, dependent on individual processing speeds. A full report is then provided, usually within a two-week period.

As well as indicating the strengths and weaknesses within a pupil profile, the report also offers advice to schools, as to whether onward referrals are merited. It provides suggestions as to the best intervention to be used and how a pupil can be supported both within a classroom situation as well as by parents at home.


Term Dates:

Spring Term: 2024

Monday 8 th January – Saturday 23 rd March


Monday 12 th February – Saturday 17 th February

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