Contact the Literacy Service
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.
Referral process for accessing support.
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.’
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.
The Educational Psychologist consults with the Special Educational Needs Coordinator to determine if a referral is required and gathers the relevant information.
An EA Educational Psychologist makes a referral to the Service on behalf of the parents or carers and the school that the child attends.
The referral is triaged.
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.