Role of the Specialist Teacher

The following is a list of roles likely to be carried out by a teacher holding a specialist qualification:

  • Carrying out the comprehensive assessment.
  • Devising an individualised programme of support/ intervention to meet needs of the pupil.
  • Identifying suitable resources and materials including ICT. 
  • Supporting the whole school in meeting the needs of the pupil. 
  • Contributing to professional training of staff, including teaching assistants. 
  • Monitoring of progress of the pupil and making adjustments to their programme where appropriate. 
  • Evaluating individualised programmes on a regular basis. 
  • Liaising with parents/carers. 

Though at times the specialist may be involved in direct teaching of the pupil, it is more likely that their specialist knowledge will be used to support the whole school in meeting the needs of pupils with literacy difficulties and dyslexia.

Further information and guidance for pupils with literacy difficulties and dyslexia is available as part of the Inclusion Development Programme (IDP) and in the online Guidance published by the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust: Supporting schools and Local Authorities to implement the SEND reforms for children and young people with literacy difficulties, specific learning difficulties and dyslexia.

Both of these resources are available via the Dyslexia- SpLD Trust website. 


What article would you like to read?

1. Choosing an Intervention for pupils with Literacy Difficulties and/or Dyslexia

2. Guidance for schools

3. Children with Persistent Literacy Difficulties

4. Specialist Advice and Support

5. Use of the Term ‘Dyslexia’

6. Role of the Specialist Teacher

7. Identifying and Teaching Children and Young People with Dyslexia and Literacy Difficulties (2009)

8. SEN Provision


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