During an initial meeting with parents Cathryn Learoyd and Jane Emerson will also conduct an informal assessment of the child to provide the basis for an open discussion about the educational support needed. We also work closely with a number of Educational Psychologists, Occupational therapists and other specialists who can provide a more detailed assessment of the child.

We use our own assessment in combination with other specialists’ reports to prepare a tailored programme of teaching for each child. This may recommend joining our full morning or afternoon Class Sessions for a period of time or, depending on the circumstances, setting up a programme of tutorials with one of our teachers.

Our Deputy Head, Vicky Turrell is also a qualified nutritionist and is able to provide advice on dietary needs when a holistic approach is considered appropriate.

Jane Emerson


Founder Jane Emerson is a speech and language therapist, as well as a trained literacy and numeracy specialist teacher with more than 25 years’ experience of working with children. She lectures widely, appearing both on national television and in publication and is recognised as a leader in the field of identifying and teaching children with dyslexia and dyscalculia. Her 2010 book,’The Dyscalculia Assessment’ , co-written with Patricia Babtie, won Best Special Education Resource 2011 at the BESA Education Resource Awards and is used by many schools nationally as a key diagnostic and assessment tool for identifying children with underlying maths difficulties.

Nicola Montague


Nicola Montague is a fully qualified and chartered educational psychologist and a registered member of the British Psychological Society and the Health Care Professionals Council.

Nicola teaches at Emerson House as well as offering educational psychologist assessments on Saturday mornings and during school holidays, and carries out assessments Mondays to Fridays at her premises in West London. Contact

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Emerson House


Specialist Centre for Dyslexia, Dyscalculia and Dyspraxia

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