About Us

Open Doors Teaching is a tuition, assessment, consultancy and training service for children and adults with special educational needs (SEN). In addition to supporting school and home educated children, we also provide a service for schools, individuals and organisations who work with or care for people with additional learning needs.

As an independent service, we offer professional but reasonable costs for our SEN services. We are based in Bispham Village, near the heart of Blackpool.

We cater for children and adults who need a different style of support due to their specific learning needs. Technology, visual and tactile aids are always a part of each session.

Assessments can be arranged to diagnose and advise of Access Arrangements for SATs, GCSE or other national examinations. Diagnostic assessments can also be arranged to support the Disabled Student's Allowance (DSA) for Higher Education.

We also work closely  with Red Rose School, an 'Outstanding' Ofsted-registered specialist school. The school caters for children with Specific Learning Difficulties including an Autistic Spectrum Condition.

Gill Makinson, Dyslexia Tutor and Consultant

Open Doors Teaching is run by Gill Makinson, Specialist Teacher, Assessor and Consultant in Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD).

Gill has extensive experience in teaching and assessing children with Dyslexia; also providing schools with In-Service Training (InSeT) on SpLD and study skills sessions to GCSE students.

She currently provides tuition, assessment and consultancy to children and adults with Specific Learning Difficulties. As a fully qualified teacher, she also provides daytime education sessions to children in Elective Home Education (EHE)

Gill is passionate about supporting and inspiring individuals with Specific Learning Difficulties to realise their learning ability.

Her personal experience in having a child with particular learning needs has enhanced her understanding and skills in this specialist teaching area.

Professional Credentials:

Currently practising and providing:

  • After-school tuition
  • Day-time tuition for school-age children of all abilities
  • Basic literacy tuition for young adults
  • Full diagnostic assessments
  • SEN support to schools and individuals