Dyslexia and SEND Support for Literacy
All children develop and learn to read and write at different rates and in different ways.
Some children have an ongoing difficulty with literacy. They may have a ‘specific learning difficulty’ such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or dysgraphia. Others have difficulties that don’t fit neatly into a diagnosis.
If you notice your child is struggling with reading and writing, you can get advice and support from:
- Your child’s teacher, Special Education Needs Co-ordinator (SENCo) or Inclusion Manager
- The Children’s Literacy Charity – support with your child’s literacy development
To find out more, you can visit their website by clicking the link below:
What Schools or Colleges Can Do
Schools will use good quality inclusive teaching strategies for all children and young people and these approaches will support learners with a wide range of learning needs, including those having difficulty in learning to read and write with or without a diagnosed difficulty.
If your child needs more targeted support, schools use a wide range of interventions in order to assist their learning. These interventions should be of high quality and assessed on a regular basis to check they are supporting them to develop the skills they need.
You can find out more about the support offered by schools, by clicking the link below to visit our pages on:
Some schools have a specialist teacher or teaching assistant for dyslexia.
When supporting dyslexia and literacy needs, schools are guided by the Dyslexia Handbook for Teachers, produced by ISEND. If you wish to read the handbook for an idea on what support is offered, please follow the link below:
If your child needs extra and more specialist support the school may refer them to the ISEND Communication, Learning, Autism Support Service (CLASS). To find out more about this service, please click the link below:
In some circumstances you may want to request an Education Health and Care (EHC) plan assessment for your child. To learn more about EHC plans, please click below to visit our pages on:
Additional Help and Services
If you would like to talk to someone about any aspect of your child's SEND, including dyslexia, the Amaze SENDIASS (Special Educational Needs and Disability Information, Advice and Support Service) offers impartial, confidential advice. This service is free and can be contacted on:
Alternatively, you can visit their website for more information:
Our directory on East Sussex 1Space provides various services, including some that aim to help those with dyslexia:
All services on 1Space have been split into categories. Once you have selected the category that you wish to visit, you can then use the filters on the left hand side to further refine your search, depending on need. To find out more on how to use 1Space, please click the link below:
Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms
Some of the terms used on this website are explained on our page, 'Glossary of East Sussex SEND Terms':