Literacy Support Service

The Literacy Support Team aims to help meet the needs of children and young people with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), particularly persistent literacy difficulties (Dyslexia) The team comprises of four specialist teachers, working across county into all school phases.

The Literacy Support Team aims to help meet the needs of children and young people with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD), particularly persistent literacy difficulties (Dyslexia) The team comprises of four specialist teachers, working across county into all school phases (primary, secondary etc).

IMPORTANT NOTICE

Due to the current situation, and following national guidance, it is best to contact our team via the email address provided:- literacysupport@northumberland.gov.uk
  
Messages will be checked regularly and we will get back to you as soon as we possibly can.

The work we do with children includes:

  • sound based assessments
  • reading assessments
  • phonic assessments
  • spelling assessments

Information for parents

If you’re a parent who feels your child may benefit from our service, please speak to the child’s school first. They will decide whether literary support service involvement is needed for your child.


Information for schools

The team have worked to provide all SENCos (special educational needs coordinators) with an assessment screening tool, to enable them to set initial SMART targets to manage the needs of the learner. After two cycles of Assess-Plan-Do-Review, if progress remains a concern, SENCos can request support from Northumberland County Council’s Literacy Support Team. 

Schools can request support from us by using the following form and providing the accompanying parental consent. Please click on the links below to access the forms: These forms can be filled in electronically and emailed to the team, or printed and posted. 
Schools can expect a timely response, which includes:
  • an initial meeting with school, parent/carer and learner
  • further assessment, with guidance and advice about best interventions
  • a written report containing assessment information, shared with home and school

More Request for Support documents - for schools

Whole school request form
Use this form to request training, whole class support, small group work, school development work, etc. Additional days requests

How do we handle your information?

Please click here to view our 'How We Handle Your Information' document.

Contact us

SEND Manager for Literacy: Paula Hesford
SEND Literacy Lead Practitioner: Margaret Shahin
Office Manager: Dorothy MacDonald