Literacy Solutions works on the philosophy that every child and young person can achieve with the appropriate support and intervention. As well as offering formal assessment our approach is child centred, allowing them to express their needs and difficulties to allow a package of support to be tailored to their exact needs.
You will receive a report outlining their strengths and difficulties with recommendations for how they can develop their skills which is linked to their learning preferences. We also offer assessments for DSA which allow learners to gain additional funding to support them in their University studies.
Literacy Solutions uses multisensory teaching methods which are based on the principles of Orton Gillingham. Our aim is to ensure that everyone can read for meaning and a phonics centred approach is just the first step of this process. All teaching is tailored to the individual needs of the child or young person and their learning preferences.
Literacy Solutions offers screening and support for children, Young people and adults who struggle to read because of glare from black print on white paper. 12-15% of the population have difficulties with reading despite intervention for literacy. Irlens' syndrome can lead to significant frustration and behaviour difficulties and coloured overlays can solve the vast majority of problems for most suffers.
Examination Access Arrangements
Literacy Solutions believe that everyone can achieve with the correct support and intervention. For many learners’ examination access arrangements which can provide additional time, a reader or a scribe (subject to testing and exam board criteria) can make a grade or more difference and raise the attainment for the child/ young person and the school.
Literacy Solutions recognises the demands on SENCos and can offer support with a range of tasks typically assigned to a SENCo in their increasingly diverse role: for example intervention mapping, Individual Learning Plans, all about me profiles and record keeping systems. We can attend meetings, assist with the completion of paperwork including SENDIST tribunal and can offer home school liaison, with home visits to support parents in understanding the complexities of the SEN process where required. We also offer cover for absent SENCOs on a short or long term basis.
Consultancy and Training
Literacy Solutions offer a range of consultancy services for schools. Whilst we specialise in dyslexia diagnosis, Irlens' screening and the new Code of Practice and can provide training and consultancy in these areas we can also offer training on Dyscalculia and other learning difficulties.
Literacy tuition for all
Education is not exclusive to school. Many learners who are educated in establishments other than school have not had their needs met adequately by mainstream settings for a variety of reasons. These Children and Young people often have literacy difficulties which can be attributed to Dyslexia and Irlens' Syndrome or other difficulties which affect literacy attainment and as a result of their frustrations they become disaffected which can lead to exclusion from mainstream school and offending behaviour.
Statistics on Literacy difficulties and the prison population:
Nearly half of male sentenced prisoners were excluded from school and nearly a third of all prisoners were regular truants whilst at school and more than half of male and more than two-thirds of female adult prisoners have no qualifications at all.” Prison Reform Trust (2003/2004) Report on ‘Social Characteristics of Prisoners’.
Within the population of the United Kingdom around 4% of people are severely dyslexic and a further 6% have mild to moderate dyslexia. However, within the country’s prison population 80% of prisoners have poor writing skills, 50% have reading difficulties and 65% have trouble with numeracy. Half of all prisoners are at or below the level expected of an 11 year old in reading, two-thirds in numeracy and four-fifths in writing. Adapted from Mr Levon Lumb (dyslexic)
Registered Access to Work Provider
Access to work is a government scheme to allow equal opportunities in the work place. Literacy Solutions offers coping strategies to support people in carrying out their job effectively and work based training to support work places in becoming dyslexia friendly
Visiting Lecturer Services
Literacy Solutions believes that all teachers should be a teacher of special needs and is passionate about multi sensory teaching being used to meet the needs of all pupils not just those who are dyslexic. We work with universities to provide lecturing for teachers enrolled on specialist teaching programme and welcome enquires from any settings offering training for teachers (Including Initial Teacher Training) to allow us to share our expertise and enhance the good practice of the practitioner's working day to day in a range of settings.
Literacy Solutions are passionate about helping everyone. Whilst we believe in early identification of learning difficulties; some adults may not have had access to literacy intervention in their childhood and may wish to develop their skills to allow them to enhance their career prospects. Support for families Literacy Solutions acknowledge that literacy difficulties can impact negatively on self esteem and whilst the children and young people need intervention to address their difficulties, their families also need support. This may be as simple as attending a meeting with the school to explain the difficulties that the child or young person is experiencing or it maybe provision of more complex support such as understanding the changes of process in funding. Each family will have a different need and we welcome queries from all families whatever their needs.
Advice and support
Literacy Solutions offer a holistic approach to literacy and welcomes questions/ queries from anyone with an interest. For particular queries which have not been outlined in any specific area, please contact us for more information as even if we are unable to help with your particular area of need, we have a wide network of contacts and may be able to find another source of support.
Cognition and learning.
Early years, Primary, Secondary, Post 16.
Consultancy Service, Education Service, Information, Guidance & Advocacy Service , Specialist Educational Setting and/or Outreach Service, Targeted Service & Specialist Practitioners .