Continuing to raise awareness of Dyslexia Engage : Inspire : Achieve  

Continuing to raise awareness of Dyslexia Engage : Inspire : Achieve  

NEW Definition of Dyslexia - see our What is dyslexia page. 
Check out our free webinars on the Positive Dyslexia Youtube Channel - our 2024 programme can be seen We have Conferences in Twickenham and Liverpool this year and our next Masterclass is around Support for Adults in the Workplace- July 26th online. 
We are pleased to announce that we are now an Accredited OCN London Centre offering L3 Courses for those supporting dyslexic children and adults. Our next L4 course for Work Place Needs Assessors starts on July 5th/12th - use Contact us page for more information. 
Thanks, Katrina. It's been a great four days. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I feel really motivated to crack on. SR Hr Professional 
Just wanted to say I really enjoyed our training from you and I have already been giving some tips and tricks I learned to some of neurodiverse individuals on (our) programme.  Samantha , Delegate 

Who We Work With  

We carry out Diagnostic assessments for pre and post 16 year olds. Our assessors are based nationally and can offer a quick turnaround. 
We can offer full diagnostic assessments and support to help parents enable their children reach their potential. 
Are you meeting the Equality Act (2010) for your employees? We run Accredited awareness training for organisations and Needs assessments for employees.  
We can offer INSET training at competitive rates and we can carry out Group screenings or carry out testing for Exam Access Arrangements 


Our Conferences and Events 
In 2023 we ran Conferences in Edge Hill University , Cardiff and Liverpool. Positive Dyslexia has held four Dyslexia Conferences in Liverpool so far. We are back at the Holiday Inn on November 21st this year for our 5th Annual Conference. Speakers include 
Dr Phillip Kirby, KCL 
Sally Ann Morrison ( SASC accreditation applied for) 
Jamie Wace , CEO Talamo 
Arran Smith 
"I just wanted to say a huge thank-you for today! The conference you organised was absolutely fantastic! I had such a lovely day and I learnt so much. Everything was great!" Delegate. 
NEW TWICKENHAM CONFERENCE! September 13th at the Exchange , Twickenham.  

How to Book an assessment or a training day?  

We have assessors and trainers nationally so we hope to be able  
to find you a date within the near future. 
Katrina Cochrane, Dyslexia specialist

Who are Positive Dyslexia 

Positive Dyslexia was set up in 2016 by Katrina Cochrane, in order to raise awareness of dyslexia and co-occuring difficulties and support the needs of both Adults and Children. We can also help employers, schools and parents. 
Katrina Cochrane, has spent nearly 25 years in education - this is her 20th year as a a Dyslexia Specialist. She spent 14 years with Dyslexia Action as Principal and Southern Regional Manager then 4 with the British Dyslexia Association as Head of Education and Policy ( and more recently returned as acting Director of Education and CPD ). She has been a Tutor for teachers on the Dyslexia Action PostGraduate Diploma course and helped write the Accredited Level 7 course for specialist teachers for the BDA. Katrina has written several SASC Accredited courses for the BDA, co-written their Level 4 course for Employers, and is a long standing APC Reviewer for them. She has spent 12 years os a Board Member or the BDA Accreditation Board , currently as Joint Vice Chair. Katrina mentors assessors renewing their Assessment Practicing Certificate and is also a Trustee of the Adult Dyslexia Centre (
Katrina has co-written two books on Dyslexia and presented many training sessions and webinars and was very proud to receive an Award at the last BDA Awards Dinner for going "Above and Beyond". (see photo taken at the BDA Awards Dinner). 
Fully DBS checked 
Holds Professional Indemnity insurance and Bronze Organisational Member of the BDA 
Member of BDA Accreditation Board 
SASC Board Member (Standards of Assessment SpLD Committee)2012-2020 


“An excellent course- fantastic to see so many of our staff engage so thoroughly with what was being discussed....very useful information form Katrina, excellent structure and pace - chance to discuss things as a whole staff and consider whole school issues”  
CB, Isle of Man 
“It is self evident that for you this is more than just a vocation and for parents like me, you are a life line of information , hope and strength. I can't begin to tell you how much it's meant”  
PD, Parent of 3 dyslexic children, Hampshire 
“The report was fantastic! The school have already implemented your recommendations and are getting somebody in from outside to do a classroom assessment with E. The teachers are very impressed with the detail of the report ." 
SS, Parent 
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