SpLD Outreach Service
The SpLD Base is one of ten Primary SpLD Outreach Services covering all of the schools in Hertfordshire.
These Bases support schools in meeting the needs of pupils with specific learning difficulties (dyslexia).
The SpLD Outreach Service, which is situated on the premises of Thorley Hill Primary School, serves an area in East Hertfordshire, covering fifty two primary / middle schools in Bishop’s Stortford, Ware and the surrounding villages. The staffing complement is equivalent to 2.5 full time specialist teachers.
The SpLD Outreach Service Team consists of a Leader and two part-time teachers with a Secretary:
SpLD Outreach Service Leader – Bernadette Laws
SpLD Outreach Service Teachers – Helen Smith and Jenny Wright
SpLD Outreach Service Secretary – Alison McAllister
What we do:
School and Pupil Focused Work
The SpLD Outreach Service provides a service for schools and their pupils in accordance with the Hertfordshire Guide to Primary SpLD (Literacy and Numeracy) Outreach Services. It offers advice, support and training to enhance schools’ capacity to successfully meet the needs of pupils with specific literacy and numeracy difficulties. This is accomplished through a yearly Action Plan which sets out the training needs for the school. These are then met through school and pupil focussed consultation sessions. The SpLD Outreach Service team works hard to promote positive working relationships with their schools, in order to support staff and pupils and to create dyslexia friendly classrooms.
The SpLD Outreach Service offers a termly programme of INSET for teachers and teaching assistants, as well as some core training on County initiated intervention programmes. A regular part of the INSET programme is the inclusion of well-regarded guest speakers such as Gervaise Phinn, Professor Tanya Byron and Michael Rosen. The SpLD Outreach Service INSET programme has always been well supported by schools, both within and outside the East Herts Area.
Visitors to the SpLD Outreach Service often comment on the warm, friendly atmosphere of the resource centre, where teachers can view the wide range of literacy and numeracy resources. These are constantly being updated and include books, games and ICT. An Annual Open Afternoon is held, which is a popular event that provides schools with an opportunity to see a selection of new materials displayed by educational publishers.