Making a Referral for Literacy Service Support

Referral process for accessing support.

Making A Referral for Support from Literacy Service

Schools are reminded of the graduated approach to supporting their children and young people with SEN under the new SEN Framework and SEN Code of Practice: Identification, Assessment and Provision by Schools:

‘A request for Stage 2 provision begins with a decision either at a Stage 1 review, or following discussions between the SENCo, the principal, teachers, the EA Psychology Service and the parent or child over compulsory school age, that Stage 2 provision may be necessary.

To help inform the school’s deliberations, the school should review the actions which have been taken against the Stage 1 to Stage 2 School Checklist at Annex 4 (d) for primary school settings and 5 (d) for post-primary school settings.’

Referral Pathway

This referral pathway is for a child or young person with difficulties in literacy alongside an identified SEN in Cognition & Learning, as recorded on the SEN Register of the educational setting or school.

Referred children and young people can access this support with or without a Statement of SEN.

1 Educational Psychologist consults Special Educational Needs Coordinator

The Educational Psychologist consults with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator to determine if a referral is required and gathers the relevant information.

2 Educational Psychologist Referral

An EA Educational Psychologist makes a referral to the Service on behalf of the parents or carers and the school that the child attends.

3 Referral Review

The referral is triaged.

4 Referral Decision

If the criteria are met the referral will be allocated to a member of the LS Team and they will be in contact with the school. If the criteria are not met the Service will contact the Educational Psychologist to discuss further.

  1. School and Educational Psychology Consultation: A referral for consideration of involvement from Literacy Service is made by an Education Authority Educational Psychologist. This follows a consultation between the Educational Psychologist and the Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCo) of the school which the child attends.
  2. Educational Psychology Completes Literacy Educational Psychology Service Referral Form: The Educational Psychologist, in conjunction with the SENCo, completes a referral form which details the child’s attainment scores, presentation of literacy difficulties and their special educational needs. Parents, teachers and the SENCo will have had an opportunity to contribute supporting information to assist with the completion of the form.
  3. Information Submitted to Literacy Service: Where a referral is deemed necessary, the referral form, an Educational Psychologist involvement referral letter and the Literacy Service parental consent form are emailed by Educational Psychology Service to [email protected]          
  4. LS Review Referral: Once received, the Literacy Service team will triage the referral and accompanying relevant documents which inform and guide the determination of appropriate support, which is needs-led and resource dependent.
  5. Decision: If the criteria are not met, we will return the referral form to the Educational Psychologist, explaining why the referral has not been accepted and discuss any additional information which may be required. The Referral Form may be re-submitted with additional information, or the Educational Psychologist will make contact with the school to discuss next steps. If the criteria is met the referral will be allocated to a member of the Literacy Service Team and they will be in contact with the school.

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The Literacy Service Team can be contacted for advice and information specific to children and young people who have, or may have, learning difficulties in literacy and dyslexia.