Around 25% of our student body are dyslexic or dyspraxic learners. The Dyslexia Service provides a range of services for students with specific learning differences. Our team aims to support the learning needs of students with SpLDs throughout the life cycle of their studies. Here is a sample of feedback from our students:
"...many thanks for all your support over the entire Masters. I really felt you walked beside me..." - MA SESAME
"..my brain feels unlocked and unknotted..” - MA Applied Theatre
"The Dyslexia Service at Central have been incredibly helpful and supportive, from my initial contact with them to the fantastic 1:1 sessions they have arranged for me. They know exactly what help I'm going to need, often before I do! A brilliant service.” - MA SESAME 2015
"The Dyslexia support staff fully understood how my situation impacted on the nature of my course requirements.” - BA DATE
“The Dyslexia Service at Central have been incredibly helpful and supportive, from my initial contact with them to the fantastic 1-2-1 sessions they have arranged for me. They know exactly what help I'm going to need, often before I do! A brilliant service.” MA Voice Studies 2015/16
The DDS welcomes your feedback (both positive and negative) to ensure that we are meeting student need and to improve our service. If you wish to comment or provide feedback please email firstname.lastname@example.org, putting 'feedback' in the subject line.
The range of support we offer includes:
- information, advice and guidance
- on-site, SFE approved diagnostic assessments
- on-site, SFE funded needs assessments
- specialist 1:1 support sessions
- a weekly drop-in Mondays 1pm - 2pm in the Learning Centre
Here’s a video of an animated short film about students’ experience of dyslexia:
Produced by Jack Davies a dyslexic animator and illustrator who made it for his third year final piece for his BA in Animation at the University of the Creative Arts. Jack thought that other people might find it useful for staff training (or just entertainment!) It’s interesting because it is about other features of dyslexia than just reading and writing.
The first step is to complete the dyslexia/dyspraxia checklist, click here If you have 10 or more positive P, please book a free, confidential screening appointment.
2. Booking a screening appointment
Please email the Learning Centre administrator to set this up. Note, screenings take about an hour.
3. Booking a Diagnostic Assessment
To book a diagnostic assessment, contact Claire Shrubsole in the Learning Centre to arrange a suitable date and time:email@example.com / 0207 449 1624.
Once you have decided to go ahead,
- you'll need to sign a diagnostic ROCI form (see Learning Centre administrator)
- we'll send you an email of this appointment together with the assessor's details and how to pay. The assessor will be copied into this email
- when paying by bank transfer please put your full name as the payment reference so the assessor knows who has paid!
- to secure your appointment slot you need to provide evidence of your payment
- these appointments last about 21/2 - 3 hours
- please note that if you miss your agreed slot you are unlikely to get a refund!
- do be aware that the diagnostic assessment is just that an assessment. In the session your assessor will explore whether you have indicators of specific learning differences.
Remember: Even if soft signs have been indicated in your Screening this is not a guarantee that your assessment outcome will confirm that you are a dyslexic/dyspraxic learner. Do take into consideration the result of the Checklist and your Screening, but the responsibility to proceed to this stage is your decision.
4. Booking a Feedback Appointment
After your diagnostic assessment the Learning Centre will email you to book a feedback appointment. At this meeting you will:
Get a copy of your diagnostic report and cover the main outcomes
If eligible, your DSA application will be actioned
Your library extension time will be set up
Your 1:1 support will be set up - if needed and timetables permit
Your IGRAS will be completed with your input
The IGRAS (Internal Guidance Report for Academic Support) system at Central allows us to communicate your learning support needs. This includes the Library who manage additional time and library loans; Course Support Team who manage requests for additional time and your Academic Course Team.
The IGRAS is written with you and you have a say in the information that is communicated. The aim is to ensure that your learning support needs are met.
1:1 Support Sessions
The number of sessions you are awarded is based on your needs assessment. Usually students are entitled to weekly sessions, term time. Please note that the session frequency and allocation are determined through the needs assessment process. SFE have final approval of this.
Please note sessions are allocated on a first come, first served basis.
We appreciate constructive feedback and invite you to respond to any surveys throughout the academic year.
For email contact details for your dyslexia/dyspraxia tutor, click on the Dyslexia Tutors and Staff Contact link below.
At Central we maintain the requirements for evidence of a specific learning difference (SpLD) in line with guidance from Student Finance England. This means that the assessment report needs to have been conducted by a recognised professional (chartered psychologist or specialist assessor who hold a recognised practicing certificate and is on the SFE list of approved assessors) and conducted when the student is 16 years of age or older.
EU and International students need to provide equivalent evidence – not photocopies - and this evidence needs to be verified by the DDS at the discretion of the Dyslexia Co-ordinator and/or the Disability Co-ordinator.
If the evidence submitted is deemed to be insufficient, then the student needs to book and pay for a new, updated diagnostic assessment. This can be organised through the DDS. It is useful to bring the old assessment report to your appointment. Please note there will be a charge for this, but Central do not profit from this arrangement.
Q. Am I entitled to extra time on my assignments?
The DDS recommends additional time as a reasonable adjustment through our IGRAS system. At present this is a specified amount of time (2 weeks) but the process is currently under review.
Q. What can I expect in my 1:1 sessions?
These sessions are focused on your work and are there to develop your strategies for course assignments. They are not subject support. Each session lasts 55 minutes and they need to be signed for. Currently the sessions are funded through a student’s DSA.
Q. Why do I have to go for a screening?
A screening is the first step on the path to getting a full diagnostic assessment. As students fund their assessments – currently £300 paid directly to the assessor – a screening provides an insight as to whether a student should think about embarking on this journey. Please note: a positive outcome in a Screening does not guarantee the presence of a specific learning difference.
Q. What happens if I am not dyslexic?
If you go for a full diagnostic assessment and the result is not dyslexia or dyspraxia, you are still eligible for general academic writing learning support. These sessions are both 1:1 and group based and can be booked through the Learning Skills Learnzone page.
Q. How long do I have to wait for my DSA application?
SFE manage this process. Log on (www.gov.uk/studentfinance) to check the progress of your application. Please note: permission for a needs assessment is emailed to you, but you need to log into your SFE email account to access the letter. PLEASE bring this letter to the Learning Centre and we will book you in for a needs assessment.
Q. How long is my diagnostic assessment?
Diagnostic assessments last between 2½ – 3 hours. Please ensure that you arrive 5 minutes before the expected start of your appointment. Ensure that you have made an accurate record of the day, date and time of your assessment appointment.
Q. Do I need to bring anything with me?
No, unless you have a previous assessment report. However you may want to bring some water and a healthy snack, like a banana, as the session can be quite tiring.
Q. What happens if I miss my diagnostic assessment?
This is serious as you may lose part or the entire cost of the assessment fee. Please ensure that you make your assessment appointment and give as much notice as possible if you need to cancel or postpone it.
Q. What happens if I don’t want anyone to know that I am a dyslexic or
You are entitled to restrict the people who have access to this information. It is the policy at Central that staff who need to know this, do so because they are part of the team that ensures the necessary support is put in place to support your learning. Our process for disseminating information falls under our ROCI and non-ROCI procedures.