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SASC Consultation Launched
SASC issues consultation paper on identification of and effective intervention for literacy difficulties in children and adults. Implications for the assessment of dyslexia.

Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) Assessment Standards Committee (SASC) Consultation Paper on the identification of and effective intervention for literacy difficulties in children and adults. Implications for the assessment of dyslexia.

April 2022

Since January 2021, SASC has been working to produce a consultation paper on key issues in the diagnostic assessment of dyslexia. SASC is indebted to members of a Working Group and to a further group of respondents in a second consultation phase, who offered their time freely and whose contributions and varied perspectives have informed its content.

SASC is now embarking upon a third stage of consultation, inviting responses to this paper via an ONLINE SURVEY (link to survey). The deadline for responses is Friday 6th May 2022.

The FULL version of the paper can be found using this link. You are first advised to read the SHORT SUMMARY PAPER using this link.

What will this consultation paper be used for?

In the light of the issues discussed and recommendations made following the consultation, from June 2022, SASC will be considering changes to guidance regarding the assessment of dyslexia. It will carry out an impact analysis on the potential effect of any proposed changes and recommendations, and their potential effect on a range of stakeholders. The paper will also be used as a basis for a SASC response to the March 2022 HM Government SEND Review Green Paper, ‘Right Support, Right Place, Right Time.'

In the meantime, SASC invites all interested individuals and organisations to respond to this consultation paper via the online survey. The consultation provides an opportunity to reflect on practice, discuss the issues and ideas covered in this paper and to explore what potential changes to working and assessment practices might be beneficial and why. Please do share details of this consultation via your professional and personal networks. Consultation responses will be analysed carefully and subsequent amendments may be made to this paper.

Thank you very much for participating in this endeavour.

COMING SOON: The 2022 online SASC CONFERENCE, June 8th, 9th and 10th will present the results of this consultation and include presentations from Working Group participants, discussing aspects of the paper. Details will be posted on the website by the end of April 2022.


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