Secondary school Dyslexia screening test?

(9 Posts)
onelasttrythenimout Mon 11-Apr-16 09:58:27

Hi. My Dc aren't there yet (I'm just curious really after googling some spelling difficulties my Ds has been having) but do secondary schools have some type of dyslexia screening test? If so what do they use? Thank you.

MooseAndSquirrel Mon 11-Apr-16 10:09:50

A secondary school can refer a child for a dyslexia screening (which is a range of tests) if its picked up as likely.
In my personal experience, secondary schools often miss the tell tale signs. Could be that coping mechanisms have been developed by then, or the number of students, or the fact its much more independent work than primary.
If you have concerns, id speak to the current primary teacher - or you can pay to have the screening down yourself.
tbf ive never heard of much being done to help really, but knowing yourself that your not stupid/lazy but the fact you learn differently is invaluable. Also helps to know you learn differently so you don't preserver revising in the same way its been taught!

littledrummergirl Mon 11-Apr-16 10:15:58

Yes they can. When ds2 primary refused to test we asked his secondary if they would during the transition stage. They did pre tests when he started and then sent him for the actual tests. He came in the middle group and is flourishing with the help that has been put in place.

RoseDog Mon 11-Apr-16 10:23:35

My dds secondary school picked up with in a week and a half of her being there that something wasn't quite right we had been saying this for half of primary school they pretty much started assessments straight away, its not a simple dyslexia test but a series of assessments and information gathering with various people that is done over a long period of time. If you think he has dyslexia you can of course contact the school and ask for him to be assessed, in my experience the parents who shout the loudest get the most!

teta Mon 11-Apr-16 10:32:42

My children's independent school test everyone in year 7.The attached Prep school tests brothers and sisters of known Dyslexic children.I think it may well be worth paying for a private assessment.We did as an initial school test didn't flag up any problems ( at age 9).He was actually quite badly Dyslexic.With a reasonably high IQ and a 55% writing speed of normal and total inability to spell or construct legible sentences.He needs a totally different way of teaching to his strengths.

TeenAndTween Mon 11-Apr-16 10:50:03

My DD2 recently had a screening test at primary. the SENCO said I could ask for it to be redone at secondary next year if I was still concerned, so I guess they have something!

However My experience of a (good) secondary with DD1 is that unless issues are glaringly obvious they won't be picked up because teachers don't see trends across subjects. So you have to stay on the ball yourself and push for things even if you think the school should be noticing issues.

Traalaa Mon 11-Apr-16 11:15:32

From all I've heard/ found, secondaries seem to be better at picking it up than primaries. They all do a raft of tests and a spiky profile on CATs, etc should point them towards any problems. Ask the secondary what they do in terms of assessments and it might be worth flagging up your worry before your DC starts.

Heifer Mon 11-Apr-16 20:48:50

DDs secondary school tested the whole of YR7 recently. Not sure how common this is though.

wheresthebeach Tue 12-Apr-16 09:17:13

The school DD goes to does blanket testing in yr 7 to catch any kids not identified yet. Not sure how common it is.

We had to get a private assessment as primary school was adamant nothing wrong. The problem is some kids work hard and cope so they are getting 'average' marks despite being dyslexic. DD only got help when we could show the ed phys report.

Suggest you look at the policy of the secondary schools you are considering and contact the Senco's. I found most very happy to exchange emails or chat on the phone.

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