Who We Are

  • What is Dyslexia?

    Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty (Spld) which affects the acquisition of fluent literacy skills.

    Dyslexia has many features, both positive and challenging. It occurs in people of all backgrounds and intellectual levels. As we know from some of the greatest thinkers and entrepreneurs, it can be a creative strength and a source of unique innovative thinking.

  • Welcoming place that engages each child.

    The Bloomfield Learning Centre has been helping children with dyslexia since 1973.
    Since becoming a charity in 1993, we have assessed more than 2,000 children and taught 3,000 to read. We are proud to claim many successful Londoners amongst our alumni, teachers, journalists, computer scientists and engineers.
  • What is our Mission?

    • Teach Young People to Read

      To give all our pupils the chance to achieve their potential

    • Keep Children in School

      To equip them with the literacy skills they need to cope in the classroom

    • Instil Confidence and Self-Esteem

      To show all they can succeed. They can pass their GCSEs and progress to higher education

    • Diagnose academic strengths and weaknesses

      Assess all those referred to us; provide DSA reports for exam concessions and work place assessments for young adults

    • Support Parents

      To listen and discuss. To support parents in school meetings and in their applications to schools and for EHC Plans

    • Spread Dyslexia Awareness

      By welcoming visitors to the Centre and the provision of dyslexia-awareness training

    • Jason Monaghan
      Administration and Finance Manager
    • Jane Orr
      Head teacher
    • Sarah Horner
      BA(Hons) PGCE Dip SpLD(OCR 7) AMBDA
    • Ellen Whelan
      BA(Hons) PGCE MA (Spld)(OCR 7) AMBDA APC (Patoss)

      Originally a French and Spanish teacher, Ellen re-trained as a specialist teacher/assessor, graduating with a Masters with distinction from the UCL’s London Institute of Education in Specific Learning Difficulties.

      She joined the Bloomfield Learning Centre in 2014, and has conducted more than 350 specialist teacher assessments. Based on her personal experience of a range of specific learning difficulties, she is always ready to take on those who may have a more complex profile of potential difficulties. In addition to her assessments, Ellen is our lead specialist teacher at the BOSCO Centre.

      She also works part-time at School of African and Oriental Studies teaching study skills to undergraduates and Master students. In addition, she marks on UCL’s Master’s in Specific Learning Difficulties program.

    • Rosey McCracken
      MA RSA PGCE Dip Spld(OCR 7) MSc APC (Patoss)

      As an artist with dyspraxia, Rosey is particularly sensitive to students struggling with co-occuring learning difficulties.

      She has enjoyed a long and varied career in specialist teaching and assessing. She completed dyslexia training at the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre in 1998 and joined the Bloomfield Learning Centre in 1999.

      Since that time, she has worked in a variety of part-time teaching roles, both at the Bloomfield and elsewhere. Having spent several years teaching 6-18 year olds with a range of specific learning difficulties including dyslexia, dyspraxia, ADHD and autistic spectrum disorder, she has now chosen to specialize in assessment and study skills.

      Rosey currently works at Greenwich University and the Royal College of Art. She was awarded her MSc in psychology in 2014 and is currently researching for a PHD.

    • Sarah Bevan
      BSc PGCE Dip SpLD(OCR 7) (Hornsby) AMBDA SpLD APC (Patoss)

      Sarah is an experienced and empathetic assessor. She is a mentor for PATOSS (the Professional Association of Teaching of Specific Learning Difficulties) helping train newly qualified assessors.

      Sarah qualified as a dyslexia teacher in 2001 with a diploma in Spld from the world renowned Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre.

      Following a long career in primary and literacy teaching, she joined the Bloomfield team in 2003.

      She has carried out in excess of 600 specialist teacher assessments, for students aged between 6 and 20 years. Her assessments have been used for diagnosis, to inform teaching plans, to support applications for exam access arrangements, to support DSA applications and as evidence for Local Education Authority Education panels awarding Education and Health Care plans (EHCPs).

    • Lucy Taylor
      BA(Hons) RSA Dip. Spld(OCR 7) (Hornsby) APC (Patoss)

      Lucy is a dynamic and innovative literacy teacher with a background in Teaching English as a Second Language and Adult Literacy.

      She completed her dyslexia qualification at the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre, extending her knowledge at Bath Spa University where she advanced her assessment skills on the specialist dyslexia course, The Effective Assessment Report. She also qualified as a Sounds-Write teacher, a highly effective synthetic phonics programme.

      Lucy joined the team at the Bloomfield in 2012. As well as providing individual multi-sensory tuition for children and young adults, she plays a leading role in the Bloomfield “out-reach” service providing literacy, study skills, screening and full assessments in a number of London schools.

    • Hema Desai
      BA Hlth Sc Sp Path (Hons) Dip SpLD (OCR 7) APC (PATOSS)

      Hema qualified as a speech and language therapist at Charles Sturt University in Australia. Whilst working as a speech therapist she became increasingly aware that children with speech delay often go on to struggle with the acquisition of literacy.

      With this in mind, she went on to qualify as a specialist dyslexia teacher achieving OCR level 7 in teaching and assessing learners with dyslexia and other specific learning difficulties.

      Hema has worked in a range of settings, including Fairley House School in London, where she was the Lead Speech and Language Therapist and a specialist teacher/assessor. She has also been involved with tutoring educational professionals completing their Level 5 diploma in Spld.

      Hema joined the Bloomfield team in 2016.

    • Harriet Palmer
      BA(Hons), PGCE, OCR Dip SpLD
    • Tami Reis-Frankfort
      BA RSA Dip SpLD (Hornsby) APC (PATOSS)
    • Ellen Whelan
      BA(Hons) PGCE MA (Spld)(OCR 7) AMBDA APC (Patoss)

      Originally a French and Spanish teacher, Ellen re-trained as a specialist teacher/assessor, graduating with a Masters with distinction from the UCL’s London Institute of Education in Specific Learning Difficulties.

      She joined the Bloomfield Learning Centre in 2014, and has conducted more than 350 specialist teacher assessments. Based on her personal experience of a range of specific learning difficulties, she is always ready to take on those who may have a more complex profile of potential difficulties. In addition to her assessments, Ellen is our lead specialist teacher at the BOSCO Centre.

      She also works part-time at School of African and Oriental Studies teaching study skills to undergraduates and Master students. In addition, she marks on UCL’s Master’s in Specific Learning Difficulties program.

    • Clair Baker
      BA PGCE OCR Dip SpLD
    • Sarah Horner
      BA(Hons) PGCE Dip SpLD(OCR 7) AMBDA
    • Anne Middleton
      BA(Hons) PGCE Dip SpLD AMBDA
    • Lucy Taylor
      BA(Hons) RSA Dip. Spld(OCR 7) (Hornsby) APC (Patoss)

      Lucy is a dynamic and innovative literacy teacher with a background in Teaching English as a Second Language and Adult Literacy.

      She completed her dyslexia qualification at the Hornsby International Dyslexia Centre, extending her knowledge at Bath Spa University where she advanced her assessment skills on the specialist dyslexia course, The Effective Assessment Report. She also qualified as a Sounds-Write teacher, a highly effective synthetic phonics programme.

      Lucy joined the team at the Bloomfield in 2012. As well as providing individual multi-sensory tuition for children and young adults, she plays a leading role in the Bloomfield “out-reach” service providing literacy, study skills, screening and full assessments in a number of London schools.

    • Sarah Fielding
      Specialist Teacher

      Sarah teaches to students’ strengths, while supporting and enabling them with areas of need. She sets up and adapts individual learning programmes that will build on strengths and move on weaknesses. She loves finding alternative ways to engage students and new ways to explain things that are complex or difficult. She believes in the power of study skills and in particular, visualising and mind-mapping. Some days are successful, some days will be tough for young people because of the issues they face in their life and in learning. Sarah feels it is important to bring a sense of humour into her lessons, so that learning is relaxed but effective.

    • Jane Cousins
      BA (QTS), National Award for SENCo Accreditation, Dip SpLD (OCR Level 7), APC (Patoss) CELTA

      Having been a Primary School Teacher for 18 years and SENCo for 10 years, Jane trained as a Specialist Teacher and Assessor and qualified in December 2018. 

      In her teaching career, Jane has taught children across the Foundation Stage, Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and lower Key Stage 3.  She has also utilised her CELTA qualification working as an English teacher in The International Taiwanese School of Malaysia.  As a Senior Leader and SENCo, she has worked tirelessly to ensure that children’s needs are identified as early as possible and support has been put in place.  She has been successful in gaining every EHCP she has applied for.  As a Specialist Teacher and Assessor, she has identified and diagnosed a number of children at both her current school and across the Multi-Academy Trust with Dyslexia and more importantly put programmes in place to support their needs. She also works independently as an Assessor.

      She joined the Bloomfield Learning Centre in January 2019 as a Specialist Teacher and Assessor and specialises in the Primary age range.

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