Cognition and Learning Needs

Moderate Learning Difficulties (MLD)

Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)


At Canning Street Primary School we:


  • Are a dyslexia friendly school.
  • Access expertise and advice of the Special Educational Needs Teaching and Support Service (SENTASS) to ensure the needs of children are clearly identified.
  • Provide small group support with a focus on English or Mathematics skills, depending on need.
  • Use intervention programmes to improve English or Mathematics skills e.g. Beat Dyslexia, Lexia or Nessy.


  • Provide resources to support children with specific needs  e.g. coloured overlays/exercise books and reading rulers to help with reading for our dyslexic children.


  • Differentiate phonics teaching or repetition of key learning at the phase of ‘Letters and Sounds’ that individual pupils are working within.


  • Provide additional processing/thinking time for responding to questions, completing tasks, sharing ideas. Apply for additional time in end of KS national assessments.


  • Provide fine and gross motor skills activities including ‘Teodarescu’ programme.