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LITERACY SOLUTIONS THE STORY SO FAR

It must have been 2007 or 2008 when Sara was approached by the Head Teacher from Sir John Thursby to become a Dyslexia Specialist and embark on a comprehensive course run by Edge Hill University. The government initiative at the time was for many people to become qualified dyslexia assessors and specialist teachers across the country; the qualified people would not only work for their school but would also support other local schools.

Dyslexia is apparently the most common SEN, affecting about 1 in 10 people.

When Sara had nearly completed her course, the 2009 banking crisis happened, and then the 2010 general election meant a change of government, and hence a change in government policy. So whilst Sara did complete her qualification, the job she was supposed to have disappeared.

Fortunately a sabbatical at the University of Edge Hill had been agreed, and Sara actually became a visiting lecturer to help others complete the specialist dyslexia course.

By 2012 Sara was becoming frustrated at not been able to use her qualification and skills benefit as many children as possible, so after some thought and planning she took the decision to become an independent dyslexia assessor and also offer specialist support, so Sara became self-employed in 2013 and Literacy Solutions was born.

Sara had also approached the University of Chester and became a part time visiting lecturer for the Ma Dyslexia Course.

By 2015 Sara was becoming very busy and came home saying she needed to employ someone, possibly part time to help her with administration. This is where the initiative of The Bespoke Administration Services or Business Butler came from. So I became Sara’s office manager.

So 5 years ago I began working for Sara and at the time I knew very little about dyslexia, marketing and my typing skills weren’t brilliant. I have learnt a great deal over the past 5 years about dyslexia and other SpLDS, and I have also developed many other skills.

Sara now has a number of local schools that she works for on a regular basis

LITERACY SOLUTIONS VISIT PARLIAMENT

Yesterday we went to the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dyslexia and other SpLDs meeting. We had been especially invited to attend. It was good listen to Peter Kyle and Janet Daby, who are both MP’s who have overcome their dyslexia to become successful. More importantly it was good to listen to other people in the room, who asked questions and made some important points. I was given the opportunity to speak, where I mentioned the need for early intervention and therefore more resource for Primary Schools for SpLDs. Our son (George) highlighted the inequality that occurs for those children who do not have parents who either have the knowledge or finance to help their children. We were also given a guided tour of the houses of parliament by our local MP Andrew Stephenson, this was very gracious of him to do this, as I had asked to meet him to discuss local housing issues; I have to say Andrew looked after us very well and he did not need to go to the effort that he did.