Project information

Dyslexia Screening for all ages

Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association provides subsidised dyslexia assessment screenings for disadvantaged children, young people and adults within Waltham Forest and surrounding area. Providing accessible, affordable quality service run by specialist trained team.

September 2013 - September 2014

Charity information: Waltham Forest Dyslexia Association

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  • Need


    Dyslexia is a learning difficulty that primarily affects the skills involved in accurate and fluent word reading and spelling and is covered under the law (Equality Act 2010) as a disability. WFDA is the only organisation of its kind in the local area providing subsidised support as dyslexia screening can cost between £300 - £400 and WFDA provides an assessment for £20 for under 16 and £40 for 16 and over. We provide support to ensure local people can reach their full potential.


    Screening is a useful tool for parents who are concerned that their child may be dyslexic and can be used as evidence when parents are trying to negotiate with their school or Local Authority for help for their child. It helps parents to understand how their child's difficulties affect their learning and behaviour. For adults it is the first step to identify a possible reason for many of the problems that they have experienced through school and into their adult working life.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Increase the number of screenings we are able to provide a week


    » We will have the funding to be able to pay our screeners additional money to run the screenings for adults over 16 and children uncer 16.

    What success will look like

    We provide an easy to understand print-out which gives an indication of the likelihood of dyslexia. This will provide evidence of the outcome of the screening

    Aim 2

    We will have the funding to provide further rerduced rate screenings for low income families


    » We will provide screenings for children, young people and adults from our long waiting list.

    What success will look like

    We will see a reduction of people on our waiting list including the number of families we have supported through the reduced rate.

  • Impact


    The project will identify students for our classes in handwriting, literacy, numeracy and touch typing and we will continue to support them with additional subsidised tuition. We will closely with local schools to track the progress of students we have screened and provide teaching staff support. For adults we have a Next Step project to encourage them back into education and employment and we have a waiting list to join this group.


    We have four screeners available to provide screenings and there is a risk that one could not be available but they are all locally available and have their own equipment to provide screenings. On our waiting list we have available potential people to be screened if someone drops out at the last minute.


    We will provide monitoring information on the progression of screenings. We will provide case histories and evidence of signposting to further support for people screened.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £3,475

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      Amount Heading Description
      £1,365 Salary for screeners Providing salaries for four screeners (covers the shortfall from contributions from parents)
      £1,110 salary for screening co-ordina 3 hours a week term time to co-ordiante bookings
      £1,000 Software/ink/materials resources required to provide service
  • Background


    Two local secondary schools provide their easily accessible facilities for free for us to use as a venue for the screenings in twilight hours during the school term. Our screening co-ordinator works from home so there are not office charge


    WFDA is supporting disadvantaged people based in an ethically diverse area of Greater London with a high percentage of unemployment and deprivation. The local population is around 250,500 and it continues to grow. Research has shown that 1 in 10 people have traits of dyslexia and that between 40 - 50% of young offendersto have dyslexia. The local council is trying to address gang culture in the community and has identified that a large number of gang members have dyslexia.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    WFDA is the only organistion of its kind in the local area and holds a track record of proven results. We have been running since 1989. Our Board of Trustees include parents of children with dyslexia and professionals that have a wide range of specialist knowledge and experience in the dyslexia field. Our Patron is Benjamin Zephaniah. Our screeners are carefully vetted and hold recognised qualifications and have proven experience in supporting people with dyslexia.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Katherine Marshall

    Screener/Helpline. Katherine holds the OCR Diploma in the Teaching of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties and is a retired teacher.

    Eleanor Pearce

    Screener/ Helpline Since 2002 Eleanor has held the Hornsby Diploma SpLD, she also holdsheld the Assessment Practising Certificate SpLD,

    Christina Spencer

    Screener. Christina has worked in the education field throughout her career and now retired is continuing to support local families.

    Sheena Penfold

    Class and Screening co-ordinator. Sheena works closely with our 57 families that attend our support classes and has an education degree.


pays for a child to be screened

I just thought I was thick and I couldn’t understand why ‘cause I was trying so hard!

10 year old boy that was screened