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Dyslexia

Investing in specialist knowledge to respond to complex literacy needs

Dyslexia Support

“It is likely that a class teacher will have between 3 and 5 dyslexic children in his/her classroom.” In March (2012), Education Minister Michael Gove acknowledged that one in ten children were dyslexic.

So with an estimated 10% of the population likely to be dyslexic, every school will recognise pupils who are experiencing severe and persistent literacy difficulties and who need specialist teaching and support. Our dyslexia specialist teachers are dedicated professionals who have depth and range of experience and skills in identifying and teaching children with Specific Learning Difficulties, (SPLD) Dyslexia, and Dyscalculia. All our specialist teachers hold British Dyslexia Association Approved Teacher Status (ATS) as well as being qualified, ‘Associate members of the British Dyslexia Association,’ known as (AMBDA).

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Jane Parker, Headteacher St Clement's Primary School

I would like to say how impressed we are with our specialist Dyslexia teacher. She has a great rapport with the children, she is communicating with staff and providing them with strategies to implement in class for children she works with and she is really hard working and knowledgeable. Thanks again for allocating her to our school.

Dyslexia Assessment, Supervision and Learning (DASL)

A gold star intervention which builds capacity within your school to support pupils with SEND. Over the year, the specialist teacher provides a minimum of *13 days support to:

  • Assess and create personalised plans for 6 pupils
  • Coach your experienced teaching assistants to deliver personalised lessons for each pupil
  • Train your staff team to develop dyslexia friendly classrooms
  • Notice and adjust teaching and learning to ensure that pupils make excellent progress
  • Review progress and set next steps and share this with parents/carers

*additional days can be commissioned if required

Specialist Teaching & Support

Our team have been specially trained and are qualified to deliver highly effective teaching programmes using a range of multi-sensory techniques to complement the specific strengths of each pupil. Schools we work with often wish to develop a dyslexia-friendly environment as well as specialist teaching for individual pupils. Customer feedback and the pupil outcomes data we collect show that our provision is highly effective, delivering on measurable outcomes for children and young people.

Teaching and support can be accessed by schools in the following ways:

Full day, morning or afternoon per week:

  • assessment and direct teaching
  • guidance and support for SENCos
  • training for staff and teaching assistant
  • Support to develop dyslexia friendly environment

Secondary Literacy Intervention Model (SLIM)

For students entering your school in year 7 who may not have reading skills adequate to cope with the secondary curriculum. Secondary Literacy Intervention Model (SLIM) is the way to ensure that the interventions put in place deliver the best results for these students. During a morning per week for the academic year, the specialist teacher will offer:

  • Initial consultation and data analysis with inclusion leaders to establish the best solutions for your school
  • Advice regarding suitable assessment materials, intervention programmes and resources
  • Further detailed diagnostic assessments for identified students
  • Training teachers and TAs in the use of programmes and materials
  • On-going support and monitoring visits

Diagnostic Assessments

At One Education we employ a team of highly skilled specialist dyslexia teachers holding AMBDA status, who are authorised to conduct assessments which cover:

  • All aspects of reading performance
  • General cognitive performance in verbal and visual processing
  • Spelling difficulties
  • Maths difficulties

They will then provide a comprehensive report which outlines the way forward.

Exam Access Arrangements

Access arrangements, which are undertaken by a qualified assessor, ensure that pupils are able to access exams, tests and assessments, and have the same opportunity to demonstrate their skills and abilities as other pupils. 

The One Education team can support schools to make sure pupils achieve their full potential in exams by completing assessments to determine access to:

  • a reader
  • extra time to complete examinations
  • modified papers
  • a scribe
  • assisted technology

Disabled Student Allowance (DSA)

DSA Diagnostic assessment report

Are you going into Further Education with a specific learning difficulty, such as dyslexia? We can help.  

You may be eligible for an allowance to help with the extra costs that you incur as a direct result of your needs whilst you study. Students often use the allowance to buy a laptop and cover other expenses as a result of their need.

You can apply at any time before or during your course. By completing a detailed assessment with you, we will provide you with the recent, full (16+) diagnostic assessment report required to support your application.  

Training

A range of training can be delivered as twilight sessions, or during training days, within school. Examples of training include:

  • Understanding Dyslexia
  • Meeting the needs of pupils with specific maths difficulties
  • Dyslexia-friendly classrooms
  • Multi-sensory teaching
  • Bespoke training
  • Specific training for teaching assistants 

Training for teaching Assistants

In the light of changes to the new SEND Code of Practice and the Ofsted Inspection Framework, Teaching Assistants, and the impact they have, are under scrutiny more than ever before. Here are some examples to support you in planning your CPD programme:

  • alphabet awareness/arc/activities
  • detailed miscue analysis and running records for decoding errors
  • identification and response to comprehension difficulties
  • multi-sensory spelling strategies
  • relevant software to provide opportunities for over-learning SpLD lesson components

For more information, please contact Jo Gray on 0844 967 1111.