Further to the letter about the eight-year-old girl with dyslexia [ Life Nov 16]: six years ago my 10-year-old grandaughter was found to have dyslexia. I was told that she would not qualify for funding. She was going to senior school that year, so I paid for private tuition. It was the best money I ever spent. Her confidence soared and her senior school was so brilliant about her that we stopped the tuition. She is now in her first year at college. It is probably best to just pay up. Fussing over finance will not help the child’s peace of mind.
Pat Edwards, by email As a former head of two independent specialist schools for dyslexia and a consultant for parents of dyslexic children, I can confirm that your reader’s letter is the tip of the iceberg. There are so many parents going to tribunal to get appropriate educational provision for their dyslexic children that SENDIST (the Government body that handles the appeals) is creaking.
Many schools provide good programmes for dyslexic children and most can be found on the CReSTeD (Council for the Registration of Schools that Teach Dyslexics) register (www.crested.org.uk).
Paul Stanley SEN Consultant and CReSTeD