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What support is your child entitled to at school?: 1. Should schools recognise dyslexia?

1. Should schools recognise dyslexia?

All schools should now recognise the term dyslexia.

As stated in the special educational needs and disability code of practice: 0 to 25 years (2015): ‘support for learning difficulties may be required when children and young people learn at a slower pace than their peers, even with appropriate differentiation’. 

Schools should be aware that specific learning difficulties (SpLD) can affect one or more aspects of learning which may encompass a range of conditions such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.

Schools should publish details of the approaches they use to support children with Special Educational Needs (SEN), including those with dyslexia, and this should be on the school’s website.

Alex’s Story

Alexandria achieved higher levels in her SATs tests thanks to one-to-one tutoring with Dyslexia Action. Alex, 11, from Coalpit Heath, is not severely dyslexic but her mum realised something was wrong when she noticed a difference in her reading ability, compared to her older siblings when they were her age.

Learning tools are something that you can purchase to help you or your child at home, to help with the difficulties you or they may face.