Dyslexia is a specific learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of Dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed.
It is estimated that up to 1 in every 10 people in the UK has some degree of Dyslexia.
Dyslexia is a lifelong problem that can present challenges on a daily basis, but support is available to improve reading and writing skills and help those to be successful at school and work.
Usually, Surrey categorise Dyslexia as a learning difficulty in the area of Learning and Additional Needs (LAN).
How to obtain a referral/assessment?
Most schools in Surrey should be able to carry out a Dyslexia screening which will give parents an indicator of whether a child has Dyslexia. Schools can then implement provisions from their SEN core offer in order to support a child’s special educational needs. However, a school cannot formally diagnose.
For a diagnostic assessment parents should go to Helen Arkell Dyslexia Support From The Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre
Alternatively parents can look on the British dyslexia association’s website British Dyslexia Association (bdadyslexia.org.uk)
Even without a formal diagnosis the school should be able to recognise the additional needs and implement any provisions that may be required.
The following link is for Surrey County Councils Dyslexia policy which can be useful to parents of children with concerns of Dyslexia or with formal diagnosis Microsoft Word – Surrey County Council policy for dyslexia.doc (surreycc.gov.uk)
Below are some of the teams in Surrey who may be able to offer parents and schools advice on how to support a child or young person with Dyslexia:
- The Physical and Sensory Support Service (PSS) –
- The professional lead for Surrey Communication and Assistive Technology (SCAT) is Vicky Healy – (Specialist Speech and Language Therapist)
Telephone: 01372 832427
Based at: North East Area Office, Fairmount House, Bull Hill, Leatherhead, Surrey KT22 7AH
General enquiries: 01372 833409
- Another service could be the Specialist Teachers for Inclusive Practice (STIP) team. This is a bought in service that would offer and advice and training on whole school approached to inclusive practices. You can find out more information from their website –