Schools ‘failing to diagnose at least 80% of dyslexic pupils’

The British Dyslexia Association said diagnosis and support was the worst it had seen since government funding started in the 1980s.  The BBC reports.

Published by the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Dyslexia and other Specific Learning Differences, the report examined the financial and attainment cost to education of students who had not been diagnosed or properly supported.

Out of 8.7 million school children in England, the report estimated about 870,000 of them have dyslexia but fewer than 150,000 were diagnosed, according to Department for Education figures.

Nicola Erswell’s 11-year-old son Jake was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was six after his family paid £350 for an assessment because his school would not test him until he was eight.

“Teachers aren’t qualified to teach dyslexic students… so it becomes very, very expensive and almost becomes unmanageable for just a normal family,” Ms Erswell said.

The report, researched by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), said funding for support was being routinely cut or removed to meet budget demands and the current education system was “loaded against” students who had the condition.

Read the full article including what some schools are doing to help dyslexic pupils Schools ‘failing to diagnose at least 80% of dyslexic pupils’ 

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