About Us

About the Dyslexia Outreach Service, Norfolk:

The Dyslexia Outreach Service, Norfolk works in all keystages, from age 5 to 18. We are part-funded by Norfolk County to provide an accessible and affordable traded service to all schools, including academies, free schools and independent schools.

We pride ourselves on being responsive and practical. If you have a question or concern around dyslexia, however small or large, we will endeavour to find a creative solution that fits in with busy schools.

Rationale:

The Dyslexia Outreach Service is part funded by Norfolk County Council and is part of the Cognition and Learning specialism of Norfolk Specialist Resource Bases (SRBs). In the first instance it is a resource for schools, with an aim to build clusters’ capacity to better meet the needs of all learners with specific learning difficulties, including dyslexia, dysgraphia and dyscalculia.

Access:

If you have a concern about your child and dyslexia contact the SENDCo of your child’s school.

If you would like The Dyslexia Outreach Service to be involved please discuss this with the SENDCo who will get in touch with us as The Dyslexia Outreach Service does not provide direct teaching support for individual pupils.

Structure:

The Dyslexia Outreach Service will work with the Learning and Cognition SRBs, Cluster SEND Adviser, an Educational Psychologist and a Complex Needs School Partner to give you the best support available. It works in all keystages, from ages 5—18 and its services can be accessed by any Norfolk school.

Dyslexia Outreach teachers will travel to schools who make a request and will work with the SENDCo to develop an action plan regarding the request for dyslexia support.

Staffing:

The Dyslexia Outreach Service is staffed by three experienced and practising teachers, all of whom hold higher level and/or specialist qualification for the teaching and assessment of pupils with dyslexia. Teachers have experience in all phases of education.

Our Aims:

To offer relevant and practical support to schools with regard to their provision for dyslexic learners.

To empower all stakeholders to meet needs in their setting.

To develop sustainable and effective practice.

Provision may include:
  • Model teaching
  • Exam Access Arrangements
  • Action Plans around named individuals
  • Advice/ training on assistive technology
  • Diagnostic Assessment
  • Study Skills
  • Strategies for mainstream and small group teaching
  • Inset / Workshops
Dyslexia Outreach Service Membership Scheme:

The 1 year membership scheme includes 10% off all DOS services, telephone/ email access to specialist advice, loan of resources and assessment materials, 1 free training workshop place plus access to members only area on website.

Norfolk Dyslexia Friendly School Kitemark

One way of helping schools to maintain and develop dyslexia friendly practice is through attaining the Norfolk Dyslexia Friendly School Kitemark. This comprehensive package of support includes school self audit resources, whole school inset, a qualification course for a nominated dyslexia champion, one year DOS membership and tailored consultation sessions for schools to achieve the Kitemark accreditation.

National Qualifications

Level 1 Gateway Qualification in: Dyslexia Awareness

Level 3 Gateway Qualifications in:

  • Dyslexia Awareness
  • Supporting Learners with Dyslexia
  • Supporting the Maths Learning of Individuals with Dyslexia

Real Training – Certificate of Competence in Educational Testing (CCET) with Access Arrangements Course (CPT3A)

For Parents / Carers – we offer a Dyslexia Awareness for Parents / Carers course.

Accessing the service

To access the service or for further information, please contact Cathy Partington via the Contact Us menu above.

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