Lovely message following a full diagnostic Dyscalculia assessment with a 8 year old with complex needs –
We can’t thank you enough for making this whole process as easy as possible. We thoroughly enjoyed meeting you & you made us all feel instantly at ease.
It didn’t feel like an assessment for ***** , she just enjoyed it- which speaks volumes!
Mr and Mrs H, Harrogate, July 2020
Sarah-Jane made the assessment process a very positive experience. Sarah-Jane is extremely professional which was certainly shown with the in depth informative and supportive feedback on my daughters needs. The dyslexia assessment will hopefully allow my daughter to proceed onto the next stage of her educational journey. Thank you very much
Mr and Mrs S, Stokesley, July 2020
Sarah-Jane made me feel very comfortable from the start. She was very patient, good at explaining the tasks and extremely understanding of my needs. The assessment will hopefully allow me to continue onto college, knowing the correct support is there to support my learning. Thank you Sarah-Jane.
Student, aged 16 years old, Yarm, July 2020
It was pleasure to have Sarah-Jane do my dyslexia assessment, she was warm and welcoming and made me feel at ease throughout. Everything was explained as we went through the assessment and at no point did I feel under pressure.
As we went through all the results were talked through to give me an understanding of what was going on. The assessment was thorough and Sarah-Jane clearly has a high depth of knowledge on the subject. I would thoroughly recommend her services to anybody in need.
Dr H, aged 34, North East, July 2020
A wonderful quote from a child aged 8 who was assessed last week –
“Morning Sarah-Jane, we are all great, **** is doing super, it’s amazing the difference in him since you came. He has started to read again and he seems so much happier in himself. He is smiling and we have not had any frustrations at all. It’s as if he has had a massive weight lifted off his shoulders. He asked to read that night and he said…..” I cant believe Sarah-Jane has helped me read, I can do it mummy” Thank you so much!
Parent , June 2020
” I have worked with Monsarratt Specialist Teaching Service for over two years. In that time I have been supported with high quality documentation on specialist assessments and exam access arrangements. As a new SENCO, Sarah Jane has also been there to support, advise and guide me on policies, procedures and share her good practice with me. A valuable support to my teaching and learning team.”
Mrs Karen Pritchard, Assistant Vice Principal Learning & Support, St Peter’s Catholic College, April 2020
“Sarah – Jane is brilliant to work with . Very organised , quick to reply to emails and has helped us develop our own knowledge of how the GCSE Exam Access Arrangement process works and the evidence we need to have .
During the time she works with them, Sarah Jane develops a great rapport with students and makes them feel very relaxed.
Very professional , she produces excellent quality Dyslexia and Dyscalculia reports which summarises students needs and key strategies that staff can use to support them in lessons”.
Heather Blackburn, Associate Assistant Principal and SENCo, Freebrough Academy, April 2020
‘ The comprehensive report following assessment really supports school when planning provision and appropriate strategies to support meeting the needs of the child.’
Sam Noble, Deputy Head, SENCo, Belmont Primary School, April, 2020
‘ We would thoroughly recommend Monsarratt Specialist Teaching Services.’
Chris Gibson, Head Teacher, Belmont Primary School, April 2020
“It was a real pleasure to work with Sarah-Jane and her team. Sarah-Jane – your team are very much in your mould – warm, determined to make a difference and great to be with.” October 2019
Neil Mackay, International Education Consultant, creator of the concept of Dyslexia Friendly Schools, author of Removing Dyslexia as a Barrier to Achievement
Full Day Dyslexia Course – 16th October 2019
“This really was the MOST helpful course I have ever been on! Hands on, full of things to take away and apply. I am feeling inspired”.
Katie gates, Inclusion manager, Outwood Academy Bydales, Redcar.
“Really enjoyable and thorough day…. excellent ideas to promote confidence in writing.”
Tom Straker, Conyers School, Yarm.
“The event was excellent, great practical activities for the secondary classroom”
Emma Wells, SENCo, Northshore Academy, Stockton, Northern Education Trust.
“This course exceeded my expectations – great practical activities which I will take back to my school.”
Liz Longhorne, Freebrough Academy, Brotton, Northern Education Trust.
“The course was excellent, well organised and a great venue. Informative and enabled access to new and improved strategies to take back to school and share with colleagues.”
Dr Caroline Lear, Assistant Head Teacher, Egglescliffe School.
“Superb delivery! Excellent practical ideas with theory. Fab organisation”
Tracy Douglas, Deputy Head Teacher, Turning Point School, St Helens
“The course was excellent. It was fascinating. Lots of tips and tools for teachers and Specialist Teachers.”
Paola Beresford, Specialist Teacher, Shipley College.
“Very helpful course. Good mind mapping ideas and post it note tasks. I will definitely share the useful tips and strategies with colleagues”.
Sasha Dugdale, Teacher of English, Yarm Independent School, Yarm.
Sarah-Jane has provided invaluable training and support ensuring we do the best for the children in our school. Her dedication in ensuring children’s needs are met are commendable, her assessments and reports are thorough and include key guidance which is imperative in meeting our children’s needs enabling them to flourish.
The training which we have accessed through Sarah-Jane has inspired our staff and refined our skills and approach to ensure we meet the needs of our pupils.
Emma Robertson, Head teacher, St Marys C of E Primary School, Long Newton, October 2019
Sarah-Jane was very thorough in her pre-assessment work and ensured that there was a very clear dialogue centred around what the assessment needed to achieve.
She worked hard to put the pupil at ease and they reported feeling very comfortable working with her and enjoyed the assessment.
Sarah-Jane’s report was thorough and clearly outlined steps school could take to help reduce the gap. I would highly recommend this service.
Elisabeth Lee, Head teacher – Myton Park Primary, Ingleby Barwick, July 2019
Sarah-Jane whilst being extremely professional, was able to engage and encourage my son throughout his assessments. She helped us to identify his specific strengths and areas which are difficult for him. This information has helped to improve my child’s self esteem and I hope the strategies Sarah-Jane has given us will help him gain more confidence and make learning easier for him. I would highly recommend Monsarratt Specialist Teaching Services.
Anne-Marie Home – parent, July 2019.
Very knowledgeable and so friendly.
Victoria Ogden, SENCo – Ayresome Park Primary School, May 2019
Just writing to say ‘thank you’ for your professional advice and recommendations for our daughter (age 17 years). The testing you carried out confirmed that our daughter wasn’t just slow and needed to ‘speed up’ as stated by many teachers over the years but has a difficulty with processing information and your recommendations for further assessment led to a Dyspraxia diagnosis. The report you supplied us resulted in support from college within a week. I can’t recommend your service enough.
Parent – student aged 17 years, East Cleveland, May 2019.
Huge thanks for assessing my child recently and validating what I have long since felt his needs were.
Linda Greenwood, Parent, April 2019
Fantastic whole school staff training on dyslexia delivered today by Sarah-Jane. Also the service she has given our school since September 2018 is outstanding. Support, advice and guidance on Access arrangements for Year 10 – Year 13, literacy and numeracy assessments completed with excellent recommendations to help students progress. Thank you.
Benita Shaw, Assistant Vice Principal – Inclusion, Nunthorpe Academy, February 15th, 2019
I would recommend Monsarratt Specialist Teaching Services to work with any school or post 16 provision in the assessment and support of students. Sarah-Jane has an exceptional understanding of the processes and strategies that will help our students work towards their targets and she also has a personality that ensured our students felt at ease during their testing. The follow up discussions and advice with Sarah-Jane have also been crucial to ensure we are meeting the needs of students and we are also working within the appropriate guidelines.
Danny Evans, Inclusion Coordinator , Dyke House Sports & Technology College, February 2019
MSTS have provided us with invaluable advice and support with our Access Arrangements this year – we are extremely grateful for the high standard of assessments and professionalism. Our pupils and staff have benefitted from detailed and helpful explanations of the Access Arrangements system. All paperwork has been returned to us in a timely manner and we have been able to improve our systems in school with the help of MSTS’s advice and guidance – many thanks!
Helen Loughlin, Assistant Head Teacher, SEN & Safeguarding , Ian Ramsey C of E Secondary School, Stockton BC, February 2019
We worked with Mrs Monsarratt when applying for an EHCP for my child. She was extremely knowledgeable about the process and ultimately helped my child to grow and develop independently through Primary and now Secondary School. She is highly recommended.
Mrs O Price, parent, February 2019
TTE are proud to work in conjunction with Monsarratt Specialist Teaching Services in relation to all of our specialist education needs. MSTS provides a professional, efficient service and has supported the business through a period of change. MSTS provides support and guidance in relation to the full spectrum of special education needs and has been a great asset to our organisation in order for TTE to continue to develop in the areas we are able to offer support. TTE’s and MSTS priority is to enable all learners the full opportunity to education in order for them to reach their full potential. TTE would certainly recommend MSTS. December 2018
Sarah Hammond, HR and Welfare Manager at TTE Technical Training Group, South Bank
Sarah-Jane offered a very professional service for assessing the students for their exam access arrangements. Excellent.
We were so impressed with her organisation and communication throughout the whole process. She is very skilled and knowledgeable and provided a thorough assessment using a good range of testing materials to ensure all needs were identified in accordance with the JCQ regulations. All the assessments and relevant paperwork were completed within a very good time frame.
As we always put the children at the centre of all that we do we were very impressed with her calm, approachable and friendly manner with all the students she worked with. She made them feel at ease and was able to engage them fully in the process in a supportive way. We would certainly ask Sarah- Jane to work with us again in the future. January 2019
Assistant Head and SENCo of a large Secondary School, Stockton Borough Council
Sarah-Jane was employed for three years by Redcar & Cleveland’s Specialist Teaching Service and prior to that for 7 years with the Specialist Teaching Services with North Yorkshire County Council. From day one she was a breath of fresh air. She is the ultimate professional and demonstrates great empathy with both the children and
parent/carers she assists. Sarah-Jane has a great depth of knowledge with regards to SEN and assessment; she keeps herself updated professionally and her extensive Continuing Professional Development is a credit to her determination to remain at the forefront of educational assessment and diagnosis. This lady is an asset to any educational organisation. December 2018
Mrs Sue Harrison, Former Manager of the Specialist Teaching Service, Redcar and Cleveland County Council.
As a serving Executive Head Teacher, I rely on the advice and expertise of Sarah-Jane Monsarratt regarding ensuring the SEN provisions in the schools I support are to the highest quality. Her advice and support takes on many forms, including –
- Advice and training on effective teaching tools and interventions
- Assessments of individuals to identify specific needs and barriers to learning
- Consultancy support for SENCos to ensure provision is the highest quality, the Code of Practice is adhered to and impact is monitored
The support we have received has had a direct impact on pupil progress and has attributed to one of our academies being in the top 1% of schools nationally for progress across KS2. I would recommend the services of ‘Monsarratt Specialist Teaching Services’ to all SENCos and Headteachers and would not be without her support. April 2018
Sarah McCallum, Executive Headteacher, Redcar and Cleveland
Sarah-Jane has provided Whale Hill with an exceptional level of support with literacy assessments, screening and general advice. Alongside this, she has delivered CPD to all staff, upskilling teachers and teaching assistants. She has an incredible wealth of SEN knowledge and is highly thought of by staff at Whale Hill. We will continue to rely on her advice and expertise. Thank you! April 2018
Sandra Marsden, Head teacher – Whale Hill Primary School, Redcar and Cleveland
Sarah Jane is brilliant! She stepped in to support us when serious holes in our SEN provision were identified. She worked professionally and sensitively to support the newly appointed SENCo, using her expert knowledge and experience to set up effective and sustainable systems and processes. Thoroughly reliable and approachable, staff were reassured by Sarah-Jane’s practical and friendly approach based on years of her own classroom experience. The outcomes for SEN children improved markedly following her involvement. April 2018
Roy Gunning, Head teacher, Stakesby Primary School, Whitby North Yorkshire
I have worked with Sarah-Jane Monsarratt in my capacity as Educational Psychologist since 2009. Sarah-Jane has exceptional skills as a teacher of children with a huge range of additional needs. She has an excellent approach to understanding the barriers to children’s progress with learning, and I would have no hesitation at all in recommending her to any parents who have concerns regarding their child’s progress. In my work with Sarah-Jane at a large primary school in North Yorkshire I was struck by her commitment to finding the most effective ways to help children feel more confident and happy in their learning. April 2018
Dr Liz Brown, Educational Psychologist, York City Council
I have worked with Sarah-Jane for over six years as a SENDCo and teacher. I can state without a doubt that she is a consummate professional who stands for quality of provision at every juncture. Sarah-Jane is our first point of call to ensure that we are able to give an accurate report of our students’ base line assessments from KS2 to KS4 including assessment and Form 8 report requirements for examination concessions.
Julie Phillips, BA Hons. QTS. PG Cert Dyslexia & Literacy
Connect 2 Education
Sarah-Jane is highly knowledgeable in the areas of SEND and Inclusion, and an engaging colleague to work with. Her training sessions have been highly valued by our staff, and beneficial to the pupils they work with. April 2018
Sue Wadsworth, Specialist Teacher, Minority Ethnic Achievement Team, NYCC
I have worked with Sarah-Jane Monsarratt on many occasions around SEND and training and always found the advice and support given very informative and useful. She is very knowledgeable with phonics advice and how to use a range of resources to support progress in Literacy. April 2018.
Nance Wrigley, Headteacher, Oakridge Primary School
Hinderwell, North Yorkshire
I worked with Mrs Monsarratt when we were applying for an EHCP for my son. She was knowledgeable on the whole process, knew exactly what information to include on the application form and dealt with everything in a sensitive and professional manner. She was always approachable with any queries I had and made what can be a difficult process that much easier to deal with. April 2018
Rachel Carter, parent, North Yorkshire