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Devon SpLD (Dyslexia) Service

DEVON SPLD (DYSLEXIA) SERVICE INFORMATION

Devon's Advisory Team for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia) and their teaching staff, is based here at Queen Elizabeth's School. It is run by Deborah Lynch, with support from Ann Atherton.

They were joined by Rebecca Hughes and Ossian Pleasance from September 2021, both of whom are Devon teachers who also have the PGCE Dyslexia, AMBDA and APC qualifications. We are all experienced and expert specialist teachers, supported through Devon's Dyslexia Strategy Group.

The Service focuses on supporting schools to meet the needs of children struggling with severe literacy difficulties.

What can we offer your school

  • Exam Access Arrangement
  • Whole Staff Dyslexia Friendly Classroom training
  • Teaching Assistants and SENCO workshops exploring intervention strategies
  • Individual Student Assessments and Reports
  • Devon Inclusion Award (Dyslexia)
  • Secondary Dyslexia Network Group – Termly Meetings
  • Primary Dyslexia Network Group – Termly Meetings (starting September 2022)

Training

We can offer training tailored to the needs of your school, MAT, Federation, Academy or Learning Community in the following areas:

  • Dyslexia Friendly Classrooms incorporating Quality First Teaching
  • Individualised Reading Interventions
  • Supporting Struggling Writers
  • Spelling and Phonics
  • Assessing for Dyslexia – A two day course for those SENCOs wishing to refer pupils to the Devon SpLD (Dyslexia) Service.

Training can be delivered during Twilight sessions or on INSET days.

Training is also available via Zoom. Please see below for details.

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO JOIN ONE OF THE COURSES LISTED FOR SUMMER 2024, PLEASE CONTACT:
ann.atherton@qe.devon.sch.uk
deborah.lynch@qe.devon.sch.uk

All morning courses are held via Zoom, on a Tuesday morning, from 9.30am-12.00pm

INDIVIDUALISED READING INTERVENTIONS (TWO-MORNING COURSE)

Tuesdays 4th and 18th June

ASSESSING FOR DYSLEXIA – A COURSE FOR PRIMARY SENDCOS AND THEIR ASSISTANT SENDCOS (2 FULL DAYS) VIA ZOOM

COST: £85 PER PERSON

This course will enable SENDCos to identify students with Specific Learning Difficulties and will give them the tools to support such students. Since January 2020, any SENDCos wishing to refer students to the Devon SpLD (Dyslexia) Service will need to have completed the course.

Tuesdays 7th and 21st May

Tuesdays 11th and 25th June

ASSESSING FOR DYSLEXIA – A COURSE FOR SECONDARY SENDCOS AND THEIR ASSISTANT SENDCOS (2 FULL DAYS) VIA ZOOM

COST: £85 PER PERSON

This course will enable SENDCos and their assistants to identify students with Specific Learning Difficulties and will give them the tools to support such students. Since January 2020, any SENDCos wishing to refer students to the Devon SpLD (Dyslexia) Service will need to have completed the course.

Wednesday 3rd and Tuesday 16th July, 9.30am-3.00pm

For any further information, or to book a place on any of the above courses. please do not phone QE directly in order to make contact with the Devon SpLD (Dyslexia) Service since staff are often out and about visiting Devon's schools.

If you have a query for a member of our team, we would be more than happy to help but please make the initial contact via email.

1) Ann Atherton on ann.atherton@qe.devon.sch.uk 

2) Deborah Lynch on deborah.lynch@qe.devon.sch.uk

The Devon SpLD (Dyslexia) Service is delighted to endorse the Decision Spelling programme designed and written by our Advisory Teacher, Ossian Pleasance. It is intended to be used for all learners from Year 2 to Year 6. It follows the National Curriculum and because it employs a dyslexia-friendly approach, many of those pupils who struggle to spell accurately have found it extremely helpful to embed the skills needed to spell confidently. The focus on etymology, vocabulary, and morphology in a multi-sensory way, captures the pupils' interest and encourages them to engage enthusiastically with an area of the curriculum that can be challenging for many. For further information, please see: www.decisionspelling.com

In order for Schools to access the Devon SpLD (Dyslexia) Service, the School's SENCO will need to complete an online 'Request for Access' form with the necessary documentation attached (see below 'Eligibility Criteria'). Please see: www.devon.gov.uk/support-schools-settings/send/request-for-access-to-send-support-guidance/

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