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Special Educational Needs: Dyslexia

Volume 475: debated on Thursday 8 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families (1) if his Department will accredit a specialist qualification, recognised by the British Dyslexia Association, for teachers in assessing and supporting dyslexic children; (204028)

(2) what assessment his Department has made of the merits of a system to identify children at risk of dyslexia as early as possible in the education system.

In a written ministerial statement on 6 May 2008, the Secretary of State for Children, School and Families announced that the Government have asked Sir Jim Rose, in the light of evidence, to make recommendations on the identification and teaching of children with dyslexia, and on how best to take forward the commitment in the Children's Plan to establish a pilot scheme in which children with dyslexia will receive Reading Recovery support or one-to-one tuition from specialist dyslexia teachers. We would expect him to address issues of specialist teaching and early identification.