Schools & SENCos

Opening pathways for your school.

SpLD South offers a range of assessment and training services to help schools, SENCos and teaching staff to identify and support neurodiversity.

Through our years working in the school setting, we recognise that SENCos and teaching staff want learners to reach their full potential. Awareness and identification of Specific Learning Differences & Special Educational Needs is rising and it is likely that you will teach and support several learners who are neurodiverse in your school.

We offer specific & specialised services that helps schools, SENCos and teaching staff to support learners and neurodiversity in the classroom, working with best teaching practice and professional frameworks.

Access Arrangements + JCQ Form 8.

We carry out standardised testing for Access Arrangements and complete Form 8s in line with the latest JCQ guidelines. Working closely with SENCos and their teams, testing is carried out efficiently, using the latest approved standardised tests and all genuine test materials are supplied. We process and return Form 8s quickly and securely and provide the SENCo with a spreadsheet containing a summary of scores and observations. All Access Arrangement testing is carried out by Specialist Teacher Assessors holding an Assessment Practising Certificate.


We have established working relationships with schools across the region and always happy to establish new ones.

SpLD specialist screening.

A screening considers a range of SpLDs, co-occurrences and other possibilities impacting on learning (for eg. Visual Stress) and highlights any potential indicators to identify pathways forward. Although a screening does not formally identify or diagnose a Specific Learning Difficulty, it establishes whether a pupil has indicators of a SpLD or whether the difficulties they are experiencing may be due to other reasons. Upon request, screenings can focus upon specific areas of concern raised by a teacher or parent, for example aspects of literacy.


A screening appointment commissioned by a school can take place at the SpLD South office or school premises. It takes approximately 1 hour on a one-to-one basis with the pupil and involves a range of standardised tests, observation and teacher, parent & pupil discussion.

A short report is produced summarising the possible indicators & recommendations, providing a positive starting point to explore the next steps for support / intervention at school or further investigation.

Diagnostic assessment (pre-16).

A diagnostic assessment is an in-depth exploration of a pupil’s learning profile, allowing us to discover cognitive and literacy strengths and challenges that are presented in the learning environment. For pupils up to the age of 16, a diagnostic assessment can formally identify dyslexia as a Specific Learning Difficulty, if appropriate, with referrals being made for any co-occurring indicators.

An assessment commissioned by a school can take place at the SpLD South office or on school premises. It takes approximately 3-4 hours (over one or two sittings) and uses a range of standardised tests, observation and teacher, parent & pupil discussion. Preliminary feedback is given after the assessment and a detailed report summarises the pupil’s profile, conclusion and recommendations (individual, classroom and school-wide). Specific recommendations can also be made in line with the school’s resources and professional development aims. 

Our pre-16 diagnostic assessments are conducted in line with the latest SASC guidelines, meaning that they are suitable beyond post-16 education, for example college, university and the Disabled Students’ Allowance. This means that reports conducted under these guidelines will no longer require an updated assessment after the age of 16 years.

“I would like to tell you that I think the report is very well written,
having seen a few in my time!”

SENCo Feedback, March 2019

SpLD awareness training.

Our SpLD awareness training sessions are tailored to suit a range of needs and different levels of knowledge. Workshops includes raising awareness of SpLDs and co-occurrences, identifying potential adjustments in the learning environment and exploring inclusive school-wide practices to support pupils with SpLDs.


SpLD South has delivered training sessions across a range of industries, from the health/social care to engineering sectors. Our ethos is to identify potential, open pathways and share our knowledge and best working practices. Our training sessions are interactive and engaging, demonstrating the benefits of using multisensory strategies.

Full & half day or customised sessions to meet school & CPD requirements

Adapted to suit different levels of SpLD knowledge & experience

Resource packs & materials provided as a record of training & topics covered