Useful Resources and Links - Literacy

Information and resources for school staff and parents in supporting children and young people.

Literacy Service Newsletters

The newsletter has been developed to support the pupils referred to our service, their parents and schools. In every issue you will find examples of good practice, helpful tips and strategies and most importantly the voice of the pupil represented in pictures, writing and personal stories etc.

Issue 1: Spelling

Issue 2: Reading

Issue 3: Memory

Issue 4: School Transitions

Issue 5: Alphabet and Dictionary Work

Issue 6: Communication and Self-Esteem

Issue 7: Reading for Meaning

Issue 8: Creative Writing

Issue 9: Phonics

Issue 10: Study Skills and Exam Support

Useful Links

DE Online Resources

Dyslexia Friendly Learning Environment - This is a comprehensive resource covering school-based early identification and intervention and guiding schools in whole school approaches and policy covering skills teaching, motivational strategies and by-pass strategies. Every School a Good School (ESAGS), A Strategy for Raising Achievement in Literacy and Numeracy (2009) was published by DE. From it came related policy documents, guidance, training and initiatives in supporting schools in the development of their policy and practice.

Count Read: Succeed  A Strategy to Improve Outcomes in Literacy and Numeracy (2011) followed ESAGS. It brought a renewed focus on the importance of literacy and the centrality of teachers within a strategy for raising standards.

SEN Good Practice Guidelines 

The Report of the Northern Ireland Task Group on Dyslexia (2002) includes some useful resources and guidance.

DENI SEN Resource File includes core sections on supporting the needs of pupils experiencing literacy difficulties.

The Supporting Learning: Provides information about free online resources. The materials within this section are a support for parents and schools if pupils are learning at home.

Read and Write software: Read & Write is a literacy support toolbar, using features including text-to-speech, picture dictionaries and word prediction to aid reading and writing. Schools in Northern Ireland have access to the Read & Write through the C2K network and is accessible across any device, whether in class or learning at home. Texthelp are the current contracted supplier for this service until March 2025.

Regional Integrated Support Education Team (RISE NI): Website for parents and carers of children in mainstream nursery and primary school (up to P4). Includes information leaflet, suggested activities/resources and parent training videos to promote development of speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, and social and emotional development. RISE NI also provide information for teachers

Children and Young People‚Äôs Strategic Partnership: A Guide to Help Parents on Their Journey Through Disability/Additional NeedsThis resource, created by parents for parents, addresses the whole life journey for parents of children with disability and additional needs. It is a live document which will be updated as new resources are developed.  

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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.