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Special Educational Needs and Disabilities at ACE

This page contains information for parents and carers on how we cater for children with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) at Altrincham C.E. Primary School.

On the 1st September 2014 a new Special Educational Needs Code of Practice became law.  This has some significant changes to the old code of practice.  The SEN Code of Practice still identifies SEND pupils as those with needs that are additional to and different from their peers. The main issues affecting schools and young people are:

  • The code of practice covers children and young people from the age of 0 – 25
  • The old statement of Educational Needs has been replaced with an Education Health Care Plan, which will continue to support your child in their education as they journey through their school life and beyond
  • The old SEN categories of School Action and School Action Plus has been replaced by an overarching term as pupils having a SEND need

I think my child may have dyslexia

If you feel your child might be dyslexic follow the link to the BDA website where you will be able to access lots of information.

After that, you should contact your child’s class teacher to discuss your concerns. A family history would be a strong indicator along with other factors, such as having particular difficulty with reading and spelling.

The class teacher will put together an action plan to address any difficulties and will use inclusive quality first teaching approaches (IQFT). If no improvement has been made after a designated period of time, the class teacher may suggest carrying out the Dyslexia Screening Test (DST).

The Parent Partnership also offers an excellent support service to parents. Parent Partnership produce a variety of information on Dyslexia and also the SEN procedures. This information is free to parents, and is readily accessible through their website page ( ).

Dyslexia Screening Tests Explained

School Screening

Screening tests are designed to give an indication of possible dyslexic difficulties. They are not a diagnosis and are not 100% accurate.

The school assessment is carried out in a relaxed and friendly environment, and children are encouraged throughout. The assessment takes roughly half an hour and is carried out by the school dyslexia champion.

The assessment tool used at Altrincham CE Primary School gives an estimate as to whether the child is likely to have dyslexic difficulties. It provides a detailed profile of the child's strengths and weaknesses, which are then used to help inform appropriate teaching strategies.

If the school assessment  indicates a moderate or high probability of dyslexic difficulties, the best course of action is to follow up with a full diagnostic assessment. This would determine the precise nature of dyslexic and related difficulties. However if this is not possible, it will  not prevent the child from receiving appropriate support.

Screening reports

Parental permission will be sought before administering a dyslexia screening assessment.

 After the assessment parents/carers will be invited in to discuss the results.

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