DSAs evidence requirements for students with SpLDs

The brief announcement, from the Department for Education, stated: from February 2019, students with an SpLD (such as dyslexia) will be able to provide, as evidence of their disability, a diagnostic assessment report in respect of an assessment undertaken at any age. An official Student Support Information Note [SSIN] on the policy change is due from the Department in due course.

In looking at the new announcement relating to pre-16 diagnostic assessment reports, it is important to note that it needs to be made abundantly clear that the SASC guidelines will be required to be met, just as currently required, for any report being used as evidence for DSA of a Specific Learning Difficulty, regardless of the age of the candidate. Therefore for reports to be acceptable for DSA evidence, the author must hold a current SpLD APC or be a suitably qualified psychologist at the time of the assessment and follow SASC guidelines.   Assessors need to be certain that they are meeting these requirements. Parents, university disability and support services, needs assessors and potential applicants will have to be advised of this to prepare accordingly in order ensure that any diagnostic assessment, if it is to be used for DSA funding, is being carried out by a SpLD APC holder or HCPC registered psychologist and meets SASC guidelines.

 Assessors of those in education should have knowledge of the educational setting of their candidates in order to make appropriate recommendations.

Please inform your colleagues to look out for this SSIN.

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