Postbag - Pupils' needs first

DAVID Carrington (Letters, December 14) is mistaken when he claims that success for Cambridgeshire's schools comes at a price" for children with dyslexia. The central plank of Cambridgeshire County Council's policy on dyslexia is that all literacy diffi

DAVID Carrington (Letters, December 14) is mistaken when he claims that success for Cambridgeshire's schools "comes at a price" for children with dyslexia. The central plank of Cambridgeshire County Council's policy on dyslexia is that all literacy difficulties should be responded to in an individual way to meet the specific needs of the pupil in question.Such an approach was advocated as good practice in a recent Channel 4 documentary.All schools in Cambridgeshire have a copy of the document The Identification and Assessment of Learning Difficulties (2004) in order to place a child at the correct stage of need. If required, an individual education plan would then be written and shared with the child's parents or carers. This plan would then be monitored and reviewed on a regular basis to ensure appropriate progress is being made.The county council's inclusion training programme also provides courses for schools - Creating Dyslexia Friendly Schools - to ensure any literacy difficulties are identified and addressed at an early stage.I am entirely happy Cambridgeshire County Council has some of the best policies in place for helping all children with literacy difficulties (including dyslexia). We would always welcome ideas for improving the service further, and I am pleased Mr Carrington is seeking information on success stories as well as problems.Councillor SHONA JOHNSTONECabinet Member for Children and Young People's ServicesCambridgeshire County Council

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