About Us






Julia HewerdineJulia Hewerdine

It is Julia's experience of being a student with dyslexia and a mother of children with dyslexia that has given her a passion for specialising in helping people with dyslexia, and other learning difficulties, to fulfil their potential.

Julia has been a Special Educational Needs Coordinator as well as a Deputy Head and was the Head Teacher of a mainstream school for pupils from 1 – 16 years of age for 8 years. In 2006 Julia became the founding Head Teacher of a specialist school for children with dyslexia and other associated learning difficulties. She works with the families of pupils with severe dyslexia and complex needs, supporting them in preparing for and attending tribunals in order to secure funding and provision from local authorities for their child.

Julia is a great role model for what can be achieved even when you have a learning disability.



Liz Blackburn

It was Liz's experience of growing up with a brother with severe learning difficulties that gave her a passion for specialising in helping people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties to fulfil their potential.

Liz BlackburnLiz trained to become a teacher in a school catering for learners with severe learning difficulties and later specialised in Dyslexia and Specific Learning Difficulties. Liz has worked as a specialist tutor in school settings for 15 years.
Liz joined Julia and became the joint Head Teacher of the specialist school for children with dyslexia and other associated learning difficulties for 6 years.

Liz and Julia started Dyslexia Matters® in 2010 to train teachers to become Specialist Teachers in the field of Specific Learning Difficulties (Dyslexia). They have delivered disability awareness training to charities, businesses and public services as well as providing assessments for both children and adults. Liz and Julia are also the Directors of Cooperation Matters, a Community Interest Company, supporting learning disabled people towards and into employment.

Liz and Julia's personal, real-world experience of dyslexia, combined with their training and professional experience have given them a special understanding of the needs of people with dyslexia. As a result, they are especially qualified to give high quality practical advice and support to people with dyslexia, their parents and employers and to the teachers they train.


 “…a fascinating course delivered in a flexible and relaxed way…run with enthusiasm and excellent communication from the tutors with prompt feedback”. OCR Student