Devon Dyslexia Service

Devon's provision for pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia) is based here at Queen Elizabeth's Academy. It is run by Ann Atherton and Deborah Lynch, experienced and expert specialist teachers, and supported through Devon's Dyslexia Strategy Group, chaired by Jeanette Savage (SEN Advisory Teacher).

Ann and Deborah currently teach students from across Devon previously identified with severe SpLD (dyslexia) who cannot be supported in their local Secondary School. They also provide an Outreach Service for Devon. The Service focuses on supporting schools to meet the needs of children struggling with severe literacy difficulties.


Whole Staff Dyslexia Friendly Classrooms training
Teaching Assistants and SENCO workshops exploring intervention strategies
Individual Student Assessments and reports
Devon Inclusion Award (Dyslexia)
Primary Dyslexia Networks
Secondary Dyslexia Networks
Small library of Specialist resources (linked to individual student'sneeds)


We can offer training tailored to the needs of your school, Federation, Academy or Learning Community in the following areas:

Autumn 2017

Assessing for Dyslexia

Assessing for Dyslexia – Part I and II -Western Road Campus
(Primary and Secondary SENDCOs)
Friday 29th September 9.30 – 3.00
Friday 5th October 9.30 – 3.00
Lunch included Total Cost: £180

Spelling and Phonics

Supporting Struggling Spellers - Western Road Campus
(T.As, Intervention teachers, SENDCos)
Friday, November 3rd 9.30-12.00
Cost: £50

Reading Interventions

Reading Interventions - Part I and Part II - Western Road Campus
(Primary and KS3 - aimed at TAs for delivery, but useful for SENDCos too)
Friday November 10th 9.30 - 12.00
Friday November 24th 9.30 - 12.00
Cost: £90 for the 2 sessions

Reluctant Writers

Reluctant Writers - Western Road Campus
(Primary Teachers & TAs)
Friday November 17th 9.30 - 12.00
Cost: £50

Assistive Technology

Looking at Text Reading and Voice Recognition Software
(Secondary SENDCos & Teachers)
Friday 8th December 9.30 - 12.00
Cost: £50

Courses are held on QE's Western Road Campus . Please sign in at Reception on the relevant site and you will be escorted to the appropriate rooms. Parking on-site at Western Road is not permitted, but Mid-Devon's long-stay car park in St Saviour's Way is just a few minutes' walk from the site. Please contact Ann Atherton on for any further information or to book a place on any of the above courses.

Devon Outreach Information

What Is Dyslexia
Devon Dyslexia Policy June 2015
Dyslexia Helpline Poster
Assessing for Dyslexia pdf
Emotional Support for Dyslexic Students
How can I help my child with spelling
Reading at home pdf
Refferal Form 2016
Review Referral Form 2016
Services and Charges
Supporting Dyslexic Students in the Classroom
Visual Stress