Realise your reading potential with the ExamReader

Nurturing reading independence has been a vision of Scanning Pens since its founding. With the co-founder of the company, Jack Churchill, having dyslexia, support for reading difficulties has been a personal passion of his and Scanning Pens. Over one and half decades of aiding students and everyday people, we’ve learned just how important literacy skills can be to someone’s confidence and quality of life.

Children are found to often either act out or seclude themselves when they are having issues with their school work, and this is even more true during the exam period. It can be incredibly frustrating for students that can’t understand exam questions; even if their subject comprehension is high, they aren’t able to give clear answers if they can’t follow the text. That’s where early intervention for struggling readers can make a huge difference.

With the support of the ExamReader, students with reading problems are able to build their confidence, and develop a strategy to take their exams independently. The ExamReader scans text and reads it aloud or via earphones. It helps students unlock their literary potential by improving their comprehension of text, and in turn, improving their attainment

See what a student that has used the ExamReader had to say below:

I used the ExamReader during my summer tests. I was in a separate centre and would normally have a reading assistant, with the pen, I didn’t need the help of the reader I could complete the tests using my pen. I could see myself using the pen in the main centre next year which would be great.

- Student feedback Leaving Cert exams, Fingal Community School

It’s not just the students that benefit, schools can save thousands with the ExamReader! The SEC (State Examinations Commission) recognises and encourages the ExamReader as a way for students to independently access examinations as an alternative accommodation for a reading assistant. Below, find the SEC guidelines where they mention allowing access to the ExamReader:

The ExamReader isn’t about giving students an advantage, it’s about levelling the playing field so that they can keep up with their peers.

You can apply for your FREE 30 day trials here:

Dyslexia Show 2020 Launch

The Dyslexia Show takes place on the 20th & 21st March 2020 at the National Exhibition Centre Birmingham (NEC).

This is the UK's first national exhibition specifically in the field of dyslexia. With an estimated 10% of the UK population (around 6.3 million) having some severity of dyslexia, this is one of largest hidden disabilities within the UK today. The Dyslexia Show offers a unique opportunity for all walks of life to come together to discover more information about dyslexia. The show has been conceived as dyslexia is still not understood by the wider population. The show will deliver awareness along with demonstrations and sharing best practice.

The Dyslexia Show is a free exhibition open to all and focuses on education, parents and carers and the workplace with registration open now at:

Taking place at the NEC in Birmingham gives the show a national presence, with the venue’s central location making it accessible to more parents, carers and educational professionals that need support and guidance.

The Dyslexia Show will deliver a wide range of resources and services along with inspirational speakers and Continuing Professional Development.

We are delighted to announce that Dyslexia Box, Claro Software, Scanning Pens, SEN Books and the SEND Group are founding partners for this event.

Arran Smith Dyslexia Show Director and Founder said: “As a severely dyslexic adult working for 15 years within the dyslexia sector, I felt it was time to bring amazing speakers, products and services together in one place.  This will be the first  national experience of its kind in the UK, which will ultimately spread awareness of dyslexia and ensure that dyslexics can succeed.  There are exciting times ahead!”

David Gallagher, Senior Business Development Manager at the NEC added: “It is a great pleasure to host the Dyslexia Show at the NEC for its debut.  Our location teamed with great show content, is set to make this the go-to event for those living with and teaching those with dyslexia.  We are proud to support this show and look forward to welcoming both the organisers and visitors in 2020.” 


*CPD accreditation payable at the event.

Company information

Dyslexia Show Limited

Dyslexia Show Limited is the founder company of Dyslexia Show. It has been set up to offer better awareness to the wider community in the areas of dyslexia, special educational needs and in particular hidden disabilities.


Phone:  0330 088 7985

Arran Smith Mobile 07917360170

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