Talking to Schools


Maintaining your relationship with school will be beneficial for your child, especially for a child with a specific learning difficulty such as  (Dyslexia).

Before the meeting

  • Understand the purpose of the meeting.

  • Organise priorities to bring up with teachers, to get the most important things out of the way in case you run out of time.

  • Prepare your questions, keeping them concise and to the point.

  • Make a note of the name of the teacher or SENCO you meet with, and the date and time of the meeting.

  • During the meeting

  • Bring someone with you. It is useful to have someone to talk and someone to listen.

  • Arrive on time.

  • Seek answers to the concerns that you have: Is my child behind what you would expect for their age? How far behind is my child?

  • Write down what his or her attainment levels are carefully. How can I/we help our son or daughter to learn?

  • Write down what the school is planning to do to help your child.

  • Take notes or otherwise record the answers you receive for future reference.

  • Always keep your notes of meetings on a file so you can remind yourself of them before your next meeting.

  • If you do not understand anything, ask for clarification.

  • Find out the best way to contact your childs teacher or SENCO in the future: this might include email, phone or additional meetings.

  • After the meeting

  • Write down any actions that you should take.

  • Reflect on what has been said, think about what you have learned, and what you could be doing to help your child.

  • Back to about Dyslexia