Getting help for your child at school
- Speak to the class teacher (primary) or head of
year (secondary) and discuss your concerns. They may be able to
identify support that your child needs and find ways of
- Contact your local Dyslexia Association. They can provide you
with information about support that is available in the local
- Make an appointment with the Special Educational Needs
Coordinator (the SENCO) at your
child’s school. Schools are required to provide
appropriate support, which is arranged through the SENCO.
- Individual Education Plan. This should be drawn
up by the school for the individual student.
- An assessment by an educational psychologist
may be appropriate. This can be arranged this through the school
and Local Education Authority (LEA). You could,
alternatively, consider having a private assessment done either
by a suitably qualified teacher or a Chartered Educational
- Discuss the assessment report with the school SENCO. This should form the basis for an action plan to
help your child.
- Enlist the help of the school governor in charge of
Special Needs if you have difficulty getting the school
to provide adequate support. With a diagnosed disability, your
child could be entitled to support at school under the
Disability Discrimination Act.
More detailed information is available on the British Dyslexia Association