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If you have Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia or any other specific learning difficulty, the College can give you all the support you need to facilitate your learning and help make your ambitions and aspirations a reality.

Specific learning difficulty (SpLD) is the term sometimes used for dyslexia but now generally accepted as also including the following:
  • Dysgraphia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia


What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning difference; a combination of strengths and weaknesses that affect reading, spelling, writing and sometimes numeracy. It can affect the way information is processed, stored and retrieved, with problems of memory, speed of processing, time perception, organisation and sequencing.

No two people are affected in exactly the same way.


What is Dyspraxia?

Developmental coordination disorder (DCD), also known as Dyspraxia in the UK, is a common disorder affecting fine and/or gross motor coordination in children and adults.

An individual’s coordination difficulties may affect participation and functioning of everyday life skills in education, work and employment. Children may have difficulties with self-care, writing, riding a bike and play as well as other educational and recreational activities.

In adulthood many of these difficulties will continue, as well as learning new skills, such as driving a car and DIY.


What is Dyscalculia?

Dyscalculia is characterised by an inability to understand simple number concepts and to master basic numeracy skills. There are likely to be difficulties dealing with numbers at very basic levels; this includes learning number facts and procedures, telling the time, time-keeping, understanding quantity, prices and money.

Difficulties with numeracy and maths are also common with dyslexia.


How we support students with SpLD:
  • Advice and guidance on the use of the latest assistive technologies and equipment, if appropriate
  • Use of specialist software such as TextHelp Read & Write Gold which is available throughout the College network
  • Coloured overlays and reading rulers for students who suffer from visual disturbance
  • Dyslexia screening
More generally, we offer the following support for all students with additional needs:
  • Individual and/or group specialist support sessions
  • Liaison with tutors and raising awareness about students' needs
  • Exam access arrangements, eg extra time, reader/scribe and assistive technology
  • Support with applications for the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA)
  • Development of strategies for improving social and communication skills
  • Library book loan extensions by special arrangement


External agencies

In addition to the above we are proud of our links with the following external organisations, which specialise in supporting people with SpLD:


Contact us

For more information, contact the Student Support and Wellbeing Team:

Call: 01253 504356

Local Offers

Local Offers provide access to organisations and services that support or provide information, advice and activities for children and young people with special educational needs (SEND) and their families.