Dyslexia Screening Explained

School Screening Tests
Screening tests are designed to give an indication of possible dyslexic difficulties. They are not a diagnosis and are not 100% accurate.


The school assessment is carried out in a relaxed and friendly environment, and children are encouraged throughout. The assessment takes roughly half an hour and is carried out by the school dyslexia champion.


The assessment tool used at St Erth  gives an estimate as to whether the child is likely to have dyslexic difficulties. It provides a detailed profile of the child's strengths and weaknesses, which are then used to help inform appropriate teaching strategies.


If the school assessment  indicates a moderate or high probability of dyslexic difficulties, the best course of action is to follow up with a full diagnostic assessment. This would determine the precise nature of dyslexic and related difficulties. However if this is not possible, it will  not prevent the child from receiving appropriate specialist tuition.

I think my child may be dyslexic

If you feel your child might be dyslexic follow the link to the BDA website where you will be able to access lots of information.


After that, you should contact your child’s class teacher to discuss your concerns. A family history would be a strong indicator along with other factors, such as having particular difficulty with reading and spelling.


The class teacher will put together an action plan to address any difficulties. If no improvement has been made after a designated period of time, the class teacher may suggest carrying out the Dyslexia Screening Test (DST).

Screening reports
Parental permission will be sought before administering a dyslexia screening assessment.
After the assessment a report will be drafted and  parents/carers will be invited in to discuss the results.