Skip to main content

Children: Dyslexia

Volume 476: debated on Monday 19 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families how many children in (a) England, (b) the North East, (c) Tees Valley district and (d) Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland constituency have been assessed to be dyslexic. (205713)

The available information has been placed in the House Library.

Information is collected from schools on pupils who are supported at “School Action Plus” and those pupils with statements of special educational needs (SEN) about their main or primary need and, if appropriate, their secondary need.

Information on the number of pupils with dyslexia alone is not collected centrally. Figures relating to pupils with specific learning difficulties have been provided. Pupils with specific learning difficulties have a particular difficulty in learning to read, write, spell or manipulate numbers and this includes pupils with dyslexia, dyscalculia and dyspraxia.

Tables showing the number of pupils by type of SEN in each local authority area have been placed in the Library. This information has not been analysed below local authority level. It is important that anyone using the data should understand the limitations of the data's reliability and validity. There are a range of factors which may affect the data recorded, including: local interpretation of definitions; classification of children with multiple needs; statistics being based on school and local authority identification of need rather than a diagnosis by medical or psychological staff; and the availability of special school provision in authorities.