If you have concerns that your child may be dyslexic, it is best to speak to the school's Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator (SENCO) to discuss your worries. You can ask them to conduct a 'screening assessment'. A screening assessment will check if your child has traits associated with dyslexia. Sometimes the SENCO can perform the screening assessment or they may ask someone from the local authority's Special Educational Needs Support Service (SENSS) to come to school to administer it. However, academies may operate differently and it may be advisable to request their SEN policy for further information.
Dig-iT can offer screening for children aged 7 to 15. If you would be interested in this service, please contact us using our Contact Us page, via email or telephone.
If the screening assessment does indicate dyslexia, the school should put support in place to help. You should be involved in this process at every step of the way. All schools - including academies - must abide by the SEND Code of Practice.
If your child's school has serious concerns about your child having dyslexia, they may then request a diagnostic assessment from a Local Authority appointed Educational Psychologist or Specialist Teacher, which they should pay for from school funds. However you can also pay privately for an assessment from a fully qualified Educational Psychologist or Specialist Dyslexia Teacher who is AMBDA accredited.
You can contact the British Psychological Society (BPS) for a public directory of Chartered Psychologists and the Health & Care Professionals Council (HCPC) have a similar list available.