IMPACT 4 Learning - Mission Statement


At IMPACT we believe that everyone has the right to access all educational and life opportunities and thereby achieve equality. People with Dyslexia (SpLD -Specific Learning Difficulties) do not always achieve this.

Our aim is to empower and enable our clients to:

RECOGNISE their need through assessment.
ACT upon this through advice and/or teaching intervention.
MOVE FORWARD by gaining understanding and confidence.

Katrina Loftus


Background & Qualifications


I qualified as a teacher in 1977 from Christ's College, Liverpool and have had 30 years' experience of teaching and assessing students of all ages in middle, secondary and special schools.

I was Curriculum Leader for EAL (English as an Additional Language) during the last 20 years of my teaching, in a large secondary school. I retired from full time teaching in 2008.

My qualifications include: RSA Dip distinction in Teaching English as a Second Language from Manchester University; PGCE in Specific Learning Difficulties from MMU and I am currently awaiting Associate Membership of the British Dyslexia Association having recently completed the course.

I am also a member of PATOSS and am committed to continued professional development.


Katrina Loftus

Geraldine Harkness


Background & qualifications


I gained my BA Honours in 1969 at The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne and my Certificate of Education in 1970. After working in nursing and industry I then returned to my teaching career.

I have had 29 years' experience of teaching and assessing students from 9 years old to adult. In the last 8 years of my career I was a SENCO in a large community school. Prior to this I was Curriculum leader of EAL (English as an Additional Language) and a Senior Professional Mentor for trainee teachers at the school.

My qualifications include: ALAM /ALCM Hons Dip (Associate of the London College/Academy of Music and Dramatic art – development of Speech and Language) and RSA Dip in Teaching English as a Second Language from Manchester University.


Geraldine Harkness

Dawn Jackson


Background & Qualifications


I am a qualified teacher of Dance and Expressive Arts awarded by UKAPTD (The United Kingdom Alliance of Professional Teachers of Dance). I am also a parent with a personal interest in helping children with Specific Learning Difficulties as my two sons have recently been diagnosed with Dyslexia and Asperger's Syndrome.

My drive to support and benefit young people with Specific Learning Difficulties led myself and my two colleagues to form our company IMPACT4 Learning Ltd.


Dawn Jackson