The sooner we can identify what additional support a student needs, the sooner they are able to start making the level of progress they are truly capable of.Patricia Giannola, Head of High School Learning Support, ACS Cobham
Dyslexia Screener is an important first stage asset to any SENCO or learning support teacher who has concerns about a pupil. An ideal follow-up is the Dyslexia Portfolio, an in-depth, individual assessment that provides a comprehensive overview of a pupil’s difficulties to inform intervention. Dyslexia Guidance is ideal for use after the Dyslexia Screener Digital and Dyslexia Portfolio in providing teachers and SENCOs with practical advice on supporting dyslexic pupils, from pre-school through to university level.
The Dyslexia Screener is an assessment that identifies dyslexic tendencies in pupils aged 5–16+ years and recommends intervention strategies to help them achieve their potential.
The 30 minute test is an ideal tool for screening an entire year group, or for screening those pupils showing some signs of difficulty. It can play an important part in helping both specialist and non-specialist teachers distinguish between those individuals who are having general difficulties in literacy and those whose difficulties are associated with dyslexia.
The assessment comprises six tests covering three areas, with two assessments for each: Ability, Attainment and Diagnostic.
The Dyslexia Portfolio is an ideal follow-up assessment to the Dyslexia Screener for those pupils who may have been screened as having dyslexic tendencies, or whose performance in literacy is causing concern.
The individual diagnostic assessment provides a profile of strengths and weaknesses that can be translated directly into an individual teaching plan, enabling specialist teachers to devise and implement a relevant and sensitive, multi-sensory intervention programme.
Dyslexia Guidance is an invaluable resource; ideal for use after the Dyslexia Screener Digital and Dyslexia Portfolio in providing teachers and SENCOs with practical advice on supporting dyslexic pupils, from pre-school through to university level.
The handbook features:
By concentrating on the ‘life cycle’ of a pupil with dyslexia, Dyslexia Guidance takes the reader through each stage of a pupil’s school career. It starts with commonly occurring precursors for dyslexia – such as dislike of school and difficulty with letters and numbers – through transfer to secondary school, acquisition of study skills and techniques, and Access Arrangements for pupils tackling public examinations.
"The assessment framework should be built into the school curriculum, so that schools can check what pupils have learned and whether they are on track to meet expectations at the end of the key stage, and so that they can report regularly to parents."
“Without a doubt, the elephant in the room is comprehension. If a child can decode to an extent, that develops confidence – but this confidence is easily shattered quite quickly when they enter secondary school.”