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Volume 494: debated on Monday 22 June 2009

Today, I welcome the publication of Sir Jim Rose’s report on identifying and teaching children with dyslexia or literacy difficulties.

In May 2008, I asked Sir Jim Rose 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 would receive reading recovery support or one-to-one tuition from specialist dyslexia teachers.

Sir Jim’s final report makes 19 recommendations for the Government, local authorities and schools on assessing and advancing children’s progress, improving support to schools, strengthening teaching expertise, strengthening intervention programmes, assuring the quality of provision and providing guidance for parents and others.

We accept all those recommendations requiring action from my Department and also we endorse the recommendations requiring action from delivery partners.

My officials will look with the Dyslexia-Specific Learning Difficulties Trust at how they might best work with us at implementing the recommendations. I have set out our initial plans in my response to Sir Jim and we will provide further details in the autumn. We will make up to £10 million available over this and the next financial years, to support the implementation of Sir Jim’s recommendations and on other projects—including those taken forward by the Dyslexia-Specific Learning Difficulties Trust—to improve outcomes for children with literacy difficulties and dyslexia. We plan to invest most of this in specialist training.

Copies of the report and our initial response will be placed in the Libraries of both Houses.