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Council for the
Registration of Schools
Teaching Dyslexic Pupils

Category Criteria

yellowbooksThere are six categories within our criteria:

Five relate to schools:

  • DSP - Dyslexia Specialist Provision

  • DU - Dyslexia Unit

  • SPS - Specialist Provision Schools

  • WS - Withdrawal System

  • MS - Maintained Sector

The sixth category:

  • TC - Teaching Centres

    support provided outside of the school environment

A full list containing an explanation for each category can be found on our Category Names & Definitions Page.

The list below is also available for download on our doucments page.

Criteria 1-5: applicable to all schools and centres

CReSTeD would expect to see the following in all schools or centres:
  1. The school or centre implements a thorough and rigorous process for identifying children with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  1. The Senior Management Team and, in the case of schools, Governors, fully support the provision for SpLD pupils.
  1. The impact of the provision for SpLD pupils is measured (a system to regularly monitor the provision for pupils and to assess their achievements).
  1. There is an awareness by all members of staff of the necessity to adjust their teaching to meet the needs of SpLD pupils and this will be evident across the curriculum.
  1. In Addition:
5.1 Resources for learning appropriate to the level of need.
5.2 IT provision relevant and of high quality, including up-to-date and regularly used programs for SpLD pupils.
5.3 Access arrangements for all examinations sought as needed. Assessments for access arrangements must comply with Joint Council for Qualifications guidelines (see note 2 below).
5.4 Specific structured, cumulative and multi-sensory teaching materials to address literacy with SpLD pupils.
5.5 An annual report for parents on the progress of pupils, who exhibit SpLD.

In addition to the above the following criteria relate to the various categories:

6. Specific to the Category of School or Centre: - DSP DU MS SPS WS TC
6.1
The school/centre is established primarily to teach pupils with SpLD which may include other difficulties.
      yes   yes
6.2
The school is established primarily to teach pupils with SpLD.
yes          
6.3
A Unit or Centre providing specialist tuition on a small group or individual basis, within the school environment.
  yes        
6.4
A Unit or Centre providing specialist tuition on a small group or individual basis, independent of the school environment.
          yes
6.5
The Unit or Centre is adequately resourced, under the management of a senior specialist teacher, who co-ordinates the work of other specialist teachers.
  yes       yes
6.6
The Head of Unit will have Head of Department status, and must have an input into curriculum design and delivery.
  yes        
6.7
The Centre is organised by a qualified teacher who designs both content and delivery of teaching materials and lessons.
          yes
6.8
The Head of Learning Support (or equivalent) should be a qualified teacher holding a nationally recognised qualification for the teaching of pupils with SpLD. Exceptions may only be allowed after special reference to the Council.
    yes   yes  
6.9
Assessment for admission to the school/centre should include a report from an Educational Psychologist or a Specialist Teacher who holds an Assessment Practising Certificate.
yes     yes   yes
7. Qualifications of Teaching Staff: - DSP DU MS SPS WS TC
7.1
The Head of Learning Support (or equivalent) should be a qualified teacher holding a nationally recognised qualification for the teaching of pupils with SpLD. Exceptions may only be allowed after special reference to the Council.
yes yes   yes   yes
7.2
The teacher in charge should hold a nationally recognised qualification for the teaching of SpLD pupils. Exceptions may only be allowed after special reference to the Council.
          yes
7.3
As a minimum, all English teachers and teachers of literacy skills will have nationally recognised qualifications in the teaching of SpLD pupils.  In exceptional circumstances the consultant may recommend to Council that an experienced teacher or a teacher undergoing training satisfies this criterion.
yes     yes    
7.4
The majority of lessons in the Unit or Centre to be taught by those having nationally recognised qualifications in the teaching of SpLD pupils.  In exceptional circumstances the consultant may recommend to Council that an experienced teacher undergoing training satisfies this criterion.
  yes       yes
7.5
The majority of teachers providing literacy support hold a nationally recognised qualification in the teaching of SpLD pupils.  In exceptional circumstances the consultant may recommend to Council that an experienced teacher undergoing training satisfies this criterion.
        yes  
7.6
There is either an SpLD specialist teacher in the school or the school uses specialist support and advice as needed.
    yes      
7.7
The teaching assistants responsible for in-class support have received specific training in SpLD and will continue to receive regular Continuous Professional Development in supporting SpLD pupils.
    yes      

Please Note

  1. 'Qualified' means having undertaken training in Specific Learning Difficulties to at least the levels required to gain the British Dyslexia Association Approved Teacher Status (ATS)* or where schools have a teacher with an MA in SpLD/SEN, there is evidence that the school meets the JCQ guidelines regarding access arrangements.

    * this is not to imply teachers should hold ATS but rather to indicate the competency levels we would expect.

  2. The Joint Council for Qualifications guidelines for access arrangements can be downloaded here: Please refer to Chapter 7, paragraph 7.3 of the JCQ booklet‘Access Arrangements and Reasonable Adjustments’ for the current requirements.

  3. For the purposes of CReSTeD, a 'teacher' is a person who delivers lessons. If a Learning Support Assistant is charged with delivering lessons (1:1 or groups) then this person will be regarded as a teacher by CReSTeD.