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Devon SpLD (Dyslexia) Service

Devon's provision for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia) is based here at Queen Elizabeth's School. It is run by Ann Atherton and Deborah Lynch, experienced and expert specialist teachers, and supported through Devon's Dyslexia Strategy Group.

Ann and Deborah currently teach students from across Devon previously identified with severe SpLD (dyslexia) who cannot be supported in their local Secondary School. They also provide the Devon SpLD (Dyslexia) Service. 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 Arrangements Whole Staff Dyslexia Friendly Classroom training
Teaching Assistants and SENCO workshops exploring intervention strategies
Individual Student Assessments and reports
Devon Inclusion Award (Dyslexia)
Primary Dyslexia Networks
Secondary Dyslexia Networks
Small library of Specialist resources (linked to individual student's needs)


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

  • Dyslexia Friendly Classrooms
  • Reading Interventions
  • Spelling Programmes
  • Reluctant Writers
  • Handwriting
  • Phonics
  • Using the resources from your "Devon Dyslexia Box"
  • Assessing for Dyslexia - the use of standardised tests and assessments
  • Setting up Wave 2 and 3 Literacy Interventions
  • Training can be delivered during Twilight sessions or on INSET days.

Please note that with the exception of 'Assessing for Dyslexia', all Autumn Term courses are now fully booked.

Spring Term 2020

Dates for training courses, designed to support Teachers and Teaching Assistants working with small groups of students with literacy difficulties. All courses are FREE except Assessing for Dyslexia.

Please email Ann at a.atherton@qe.devon.sch.uk to book any of these courses.

Individualised Reading Interventions (two-morning course)
Thursdays 5th & 19th March, 9.30 – 12.00
Wednesdays 15th & 29th April 9.30 - 12.00
Wednesdays 10th & 24th June 9.30 - 12.00

Spelling and Phonics
Thursday, 26th March, 9.30 -12.00
Wednesday,13th May 9.30 - 12.00
Wednesday, 8th July 9.30 -12.00

Supporting Struggling Writers
Thursday, 26th February 9.30 -12
Wednesday, 20th May, 9.30 -12.00
Wednesday, 15th July, 9.30 -12.00

Assessing for Dyslexia – a course for SENDCos (2 full days)
This course will enable SENDCos to identify students with Specific Learning Difficulties and will give them the tools to support such students. From January, 2020, any SENDCos wishing to refer students to the Devon SpLD (Dyslexia) Outreach Service will need to have completed the course.

Thursday, November 21st & Thursday, December 5th
9.30 -15.00
Cost: £170.00 to include school lunches

Thursday, January 9th & Thursday, January 23rd
9.30 -15.00
Cost: £170.00 to include school lunches

Thursday, February 27th & Thursday, March 12th
9.30 -15.00
Cost: £170.00 to include school lunches

Wednesday, April 22nd & Wednesday, May 6th
9.30 -15.00
Cost: £170.00 to include school lunches

NEW – Assessing for Dyslexia – FREE follow up morning for anyone who has done one of the 2-day courses - bring your queries!
Wednesday, 3rd June, 2020

Courses are held on QE's Western Road Campus. Please sign in at Reception on the relevant site and you will be escorted to the appropriate rooms. Parking on-site at Western Road is not permitted, but Mid-Devon's long-stay car park in St Saviour's Way (please see map here) is just a few minutes' walk from the site. Please contact Ann Atherton on a.atherton@qe.devon.sch.uk for any further information or to book a place on any of the above courses.

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