KidsCanSucceed is a specialist learning support service for schools, tutors and families of children primarily aged 3-9 ( There is a wider age range in Malaysia).
We work on the principle that every child deserves the best foundations for learning and succeeding in life. KCS is a small organisation and clients come to us by word of mouth, personal recommendations and professional referrals. Client numbers are limited to ensure maximum personalised attention, whether for staff training or for 1:1 Assessments of Academic Potential. We also provide specialist training for music teachers working 1:1 and in small groups with children with learning differences.
Based in the South of England, our services are provided in a number of locations, including schools and local centres. 1:1 Assessments take place by agreement at home or in the school setting. Contact the office for information about international services and fees.
What is your background/ qualifications?
I am a former U.K. primary school headteacher and Director of Learning Development at a major international independent school. I am an Associate Member of the British Dyslexia Association and currently completing a doctorate at the University of Reading. My research has covered concepts of school readiness from a developmental, cognitive-motor perspective and I am now focusing on music teachers’ understanding of dyslexia in young children. I am exploring research into rhythm, sensory processing and physical interventions. An Ed.D. represents the highest form of academic scholarship and demands rigorous and critical analysis and I am honoured to have been asked to speak on my work at an international level.
I have a masters degree in special educational needs and trained with The Institute for Neuro-Physiological Psychology.
I also trained in the Johansen IAS auditory programme and I am a Certified Practitioner with Move to Learn.
I have written several books and many articles about learning differences. Children are often referred to me via previous clients, schools, educational psychologists and other professionals.
My colleague in Malaysia, Joyce Moi, is a well-respected and well-qualified learning development practitioner and has a thriving practice based in Kuala Lumpur.
Who do you work with?
I work in early years settings, schools and centres internationally, where I provide training in Move to Learn and 1:1 Assessments of Academic Potential.
Do you only assess children or adults as well?
We provide assessments of children.
1. Assessments of Academic Potential (ages 4-13): This is based on a standard format for the assessment of specific learning differences, with additional personalised and age appropriate tests to determine why these difficulties are present. Sometimes parents just ‘feel’ that their child is not progressing as the should and that’s when a personalised assessment is far more informative. Sometimes a ‘label’ can be attached to the difficulties, but not always. What is important is that the outcome provides a route forwards in terms of what can be done to improve the child’s daily performance.
What can you provide for Pre-School settings?
We provide training programmes based on current research for practitioners working with infants from 6 months upwards. The programme is structured along developmental guidelines and uses a multi-sensory approach that can be introduced to parents as well for use at home. It includes the use of rhythm, movement and activities to stimulate natural development. Currently we have introduced this in a number of international settings.
How much do you charge for an individual assessment?
Please read the information page for current fees.
What kind of training can you offer my school?
Move to Learn is an approach that can be used across a wide age range and with the whole class. My colleagues can provide short introductory sessions and a 5 hour training programme that combines theory and practical elements.
How much do you charge for training?
This depends on a number of factors such as location, number of staff and length of training required.