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Specialist Dyslexia Literacy & Numeracy Support Service

Service/Activity is chargeable

This service is a team of Hammersmith and Fulham teachers who all have specialist dyslexia qualifications. The team have particular expertise and experience in assessing and teaching literacy and numeracy skills where children are having difficulties. We provide a bespoke service to match individual school’s needs and capacity. We work closely with a school together with teachers, parents and governors to provide continuity and coherence in the provision and support for pupils.

The service aims to adopt a flexible approach to identifying a school’s area of need and match this to our professional specialist service. The service provided can be targeted at a whole school, group or individual level and offers the following:

• direct teaching for individual pupils or small groups

• advice on planning individual evidence based intervention programmes

• baseline assessment, target setting, tracking and evaluation of pupil’s progress

• diagnostic assessments and teaching pupils with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia)

• advice on good practice for pupils with specific learning difficulties as well as collaborative working with schools to support curriculum access for pupils with dyslexia, literacy and numeracy difficulties

• training for teachers and support staff through school based INSETS and events

• assessments for exam access arrangements Flexible INSET for teachers and LSAs is available on a variety of topics including:

• development of whole school specialist teaching skills

• developing dyslexia friendly schools

• what is dyslexia?

• assessments of early literacy

• use and analysis of running records for reading

• the reading process – individual, shared and guided reading at KS1 and KS2

• the writing process – individual, shared and guided writing at KS1 and KS2

• supporting pupils with spelling, reading and writing difficulties

Who to contact

Contact Name
Gabrielle Nyman (Head of Service) Alison Leao (Senior Manager, Dyslexia Service)
 020 8811 8190

Where to go

Literacy & Numeracy Support Service
3rd Floor
145 King Street
W6 9XY

Other Details


- hourly rate of �75 per hour - �150 per twilight session - comprehensive individual assessment �500


Age Ranges
0-11 years

Local Offer

Local Offer Record `
Who is this service available to?

This service is available to schools wishing to develop their practice for pupils with dyslexia, literacy and numeracy difficulties. It addresses the needs of pupils whose skills are not developing as expected despite appropriate learning opportunities.

The service provides a personalised and targeted provision which can be implemented on an individual, small group or whole school level.

The service works with learners from Key Stage 1 to Key Stage 4.

How do you access this service?

This is a specialist targeted service which is accessed through direct purchasing by schools. Schools contact the service and an initial consultation and analysis of need takes place. Following this initial meeting a plan of action is agreed. This service is a traded and the SDLNSS teachers’ time is bought back in a minimum of two hour blocks. Costings include the time spent on preparing programmes, materials and writing reports.

Costs are as follows:

  • hourly rate of £75 per hour for 2016-17

  • £150 per twilight session

  • comprehensive individual assessment £500

How do we ensure the quality of this service?

The quality of this service is ensured through delivery by highly qualified members of staff and a rigorous adherence to service standards.

  • the team are qualified in teaching and supporting children with specific learning difficulties and have substantial experience of working in the field

  • team members are also trained in Reading Recovery

  • two members of the team have higher level qualifications in assessing children with specific learning difficulties and maintain current assessment practicing certificates from PATOSS (professional association for teachers and assessors of students with specific learning difficulties)

  • the team keep up to date with current developments in the field through participating in regular training with the British Dyslexia Association and the Professional Association of Teachers of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties as well as multiagency working.

Outcomes are evaluated through: monitoring of pupil progress from data provided by schools; classroom observations and formal specialist assessments; teacher, parent and pupil questionnaires.

The service follows the guidelines for good practice outlined in the Rose Review: Identifying and Teaching Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties (2009) and the Hammersmith and Fulham Borough Dyslexia Policy.

As part of the wider Sensory and Language Impairment Team the service is benchmarked through DfE Quality Standards for Special Educational Needs (SEN) Support and Outreach Services 2009.

Local Offer Age Bands
Secondary (11-16 years)
Transitions to Adulthood (16+)
Primary (4-10 years)
Needs Level
SEN Provision Type
Last Updated 23/06/2021

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