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Dyslexia Outreach Team

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Enabling all children and young people with dyslexia to thrive

The Dyslexia Outreach Team is staffed by 5 experienced teachers, all of whom hold specialist qualifications for teaching and assessing pupils with dyslexia and/or literacy difficulties.

The team works in partnership with all schools across Suffolk to improve outcomes for learners who have significant literacy difficulties.

A diagnosis of dyslexia is not necessary to assess this service however evidence of a dyslexic profile is required.

Core Offer (free to Academies and LA Maintained schools)

Our core service aims to improve outcomes for individual students at key Stage 2 and 3 who are not making expected progress despite having followed an appropriate literacy intervention.

This is achieved through working directly with staff to plan individualised intervention and to model effective teaching and learning strategies.

For more information on when and how to refer a learner to DOT’s core service please see the documents in the Core Offer tab below.

Traded Service:

Schools can access our traded service at any time. Please find a list of what we offer in the Traded Offer tab below.

The Dyslexia Outreach Teams Contact Details:

Professionals and parents are welcome to contact the specialist teachers for further information:

Nicky Wilde (County Lead Specialist Teacher) 

Sandra Sidoli (Specialist Teacher):

Anji Rico (Specialist Teacher):

Zoe Bell (Specialist Teacher): 

Gail Southgate (Specialist Teacher):


Mission Statement



  • Promoting resilienceindependence, well-being and strengths 
  • Partnership with schools, ensuring a sustained impact
  • Promoting high expectations from teachers, staff, pupils and parents for what all children and young people can achieve, in line with the Raising the Bar agenda
  • Supporting schools to create positive and inclusive classrooms where all children learn effectively
  • Working with schools to remove barriers to learning and supporting children and young people to develop positive strategies to promote independence
  • Raising awareness of current thinking around dyslexia by providing high quality accredited trainingopen to all schools

Core Offer

Traded Offer

Upcoming dyslexia training

The Struggling Reader: Developing Reading Comprehension

Riverside  March 17th  9:30 to 11:30 SCH 20/012

Useful websites

The Suffolk Dyslexia Association gives information and support to parents of school age children and adults about dyslexia. 

The Dyslexia-SpLD Trust informs, advises and signposts parents, teachers and local authorities about training, interventions and research regarding dyslexia.

Dyslexia International promotes teacher-training programmes, based on the latest research, to ensure that literacy is taught as effectively as possible in classrooms around the world 

The Professional Association for Teachers and Assessors of Students with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD): Patoss offers its members a range of services to help them in their day-to-day work.

Xtraordinary People believes that with the right support, dyslexic people can achieve extraordinary things. Their aim is to ensure that anyone with dyslexia can be empowered to succeed. 

The British Dyslexia Association aim to influence government and other institutions to promote a dyslexia friendly society, that enable dyslexic people of all ages to reach their full potential.

Dyslexia Action offer a range of products and services for people with dyslexia, employers and educators.

Helen Arkell offer a range of products and services for people with dyslexia, employers and educators.

Calibre Audio Library is a national charity providing a subscription-free service of unabridged audio books for adults and children with sigh problems, dyslexia or other disabilities, who cannot read print.

Load2Learn provides accessible textbooks and images to support dyslexic, partially sighted or blind learners who have difficulty reading standard print. 

The Communication Trust is a coalition of organisations who work together to support everyone who works with children and young people in England to support their speech, language and communication.

NASEN support all staff in meeting the needs of pupils in schools and settings through promoting education, training, development and support. 

Crick Software develops practical educational software to benefit all learners.

Information for parents

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