Dyslexia Support at St Hilary School

St Hilary School prides itself on being an Inclusive school, in which we try our utmost to meet all children’s individual needs.

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difference that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Dyslexia can also be linked with difficulties with short-term memory, mathematical ability, personal organisation, motor co-ordination and the ability to be able to put things in order.

Dyslexia is caused by differences in the language areas of the brain. This affects how information is acquired, processed and understood.

With the right support, students can be helped to cope with their dyslexia; they can learn to overcome this specific learning difference and stop it from being a barrier to their achievement.

Current Definition of Dyslexia:

“Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling. Characteristic features of dyslexia are difficulties in phonological awareness, verbal memory and verbal processing speed. Dyslexia occurs across a wide range of intellectual abilities. It is best thought of as a continuum, not a distinct category, as there are no clear cut off point.

(Sir Jim Rose, 2009)

Inclusion Dyslexia Friendly Schools Status

In June 2018, we achieved our Inclusion and Dyslexia Friendly Schools (IDFS) reaccreditation. for this an independent assessor from the local authority’s Cognition and Learning Service, accompanied by a member of the Cornwall Dyslexia Association visited our school and checked our school follows a stringent set of criteria that IDFS schools need to follow. The assessment involved a learning walk around the school’s classrooms and assessing the environment and support in place for all our pupils. It also involved talking to parents, pupils and governors about our school.

The IDFS quality mark is something we have been proud to achieve for the last 15+ years as what it represents is central to our school ethos. It recognises that all pupils are different and that our school is a dyslexia and inclusion friendly environment – something which all pupils benefit from in their learning.

Therefore achieving the IDFS Quality Mark again proves we met the criteria and we are up to date with inclusive school practice, demonstrating that:

  • all staff are proactive in implementing and promoting inclusive dyslexia friendly practice;

  • all teaching support staff have undergone dyslexia friendly training and any new staff have a DFS induction programme;

  • parents and governors are involved in the development of IDFS and have the opportunity to participate in parent focus meetings;

  • whole school assessment systems are used to identify and monitor pupils with dyslexia;

  • identified pupils are individually assessed and the outcomes are used to inform provision;

  • individual or small group provision is available where appropriate;

  • teachers use appropriate multi-sensory teaching styles and pupils learn in a multi-sensory way and are given the choice of recording methods;

  • pupils with dyslexia are supported pastorally as well as academically;



Please see the information below about St Hilary's cycle of screening for all pupils and the tests that we use for this. If at any time you, as a parent, thinks your child might have Dyslexia, please contact your child's class teacher or the school SENCo- Michelle Brant- so that screening can be arranged.


Please also see attached the British Dyslexia Associations (BDA) parental guide.

Useful websites :

British Dyslexia Association - www.bdadyslexia.org.uk

Cornwall Dyslexia Association - www.dyslexiacornwall.org.uk