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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.

Autumn Term 2019

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.

Individualised Reading Interventions – two- morning course
Thursday 19th September
Thursday 3rd October
9.30 – 12.00

Individualised Reading Interventions – two- morning course
Thursday 14th November
Thursday 28th November
9.30 – 12.00

Spelling and Phonics
Thursday 12th September
9.30 – 12.00

Spelling and Phonics
Thursday 7th November
9.30 -12.00

Supporting Struggling Writers
Thursday 17th October

Supporting Struggling Writers
Thursday 12th December

Assessing for Dyslexia – a course for SENDCos (2 full days)
Thursday September 26th & Thursday October 10th
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!
Thursday October 31st

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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