Dyslexia, Gifted and Talented

On this page you will find more detailed information about Dyslexia, Gifted and Talented pupils and useful links for family support.


Constantine School is an Inclusive Dyslexia Friendly School

We were re-accredited in June 2017 and the assessors wrote:

The following was very evident:

* The school has a very welcoming ethos and the culture of the school promotes inclusion and individualised learning.

* The staff are highly motivated to meet the needs of all pupils including those with dyslexia.

* Pupils enjoy school; they access learning in a positive, well-supported environment which also fosters independence.

* The classroom environments are inclusive and dyslexia friendly

e.g. working walls; key vocabulary displayed; pastel backgrounds on IWBs; word lists available resources clearly labelled and accessible.

What Is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia means difficulty with words. People who have dyslexia often have a specific learning difficulty with reading, writing and spelling. Sometimes, they have difficulty with numbers too. There is likely to be at least one child with dyslexia in each class but the specific problems and the degree of difficulty will vary. There are different ideas about the causes of dyslexia but the reasons appear to lie in the way the brain functions which is slightly different in dyslexic people, who are often creative, artistic and good at problem-solving. Many are high achievers – from Einstein to Keira Knightley.

What do we do in school?

  • If we have concerns about a child, we use the Dyslexia Screening Test to identify which areas present the most problems, which we can then work on in school. Parents are invited into school and given verbal and written feedback.
  • Teachers use a multi-sensory style of teaching which benefits all learners. Work is differentiated to suit the needs of the children.
  • Teaching assistants provide extra support and receive training in what can help dyslexic learners.
  • There are specific resources which might be helpful, such as coloured overlays or spelling aids. We can make suggestions for activities to do at home.
  • The child could be placed on our Record of Need, with parents‘ involvement.
  • We might seek help from an Educational Psychologist, Dyslexia Adviser or other outside agency. You will be involved in the process.

What can parents and families do?


  • Be positive and patient. Dyslexic children often take longer to do things and we work hard in school on all aspects of children’s learning and talents, such as music, art and drama.
  • Help your child to organise him or herself. Routines are important.
  • Help your child find strategies to deal with problems, such as using assistive technology on iPads. In our experience our support helps older children can successfully manage their dyslexia to be independent learners.
  • Homework can present a problem, and we find all learners respond well to our approach. Talk to your child’s teacher about expectations and ways to help.

We work with parents/carers in whatever way that we can. Please feel free to come and let us know about your experiences, ideas and anxieties and what we can do to help to improve our provision .


The Cornwall Dyslexia Association (www.cornwalldyslexia.org.uk) has helpful advice: Tel: 01872 274827

Parent Partnership Service Tel 0845 601 7837

Parents guide to dyslexia

Being Dyslexic

British Dyslexia Association

Cornwall Dyslexia Association

Dyslexia Action

The Dyslexia Association


Gifted and Talented pupils

At Constantine we believe that every pupil is entitled to a broad, balanced and relevant curriculum.  All children have individual abilities, personal qualities and talents which parents and teachers need to identify, nurture and develop and we have a number of exceptional children who are gifted and talented in particular areas, for example music or sport. Their talents are nurtured and encouraged and we seek opportunities for them to share their gifts and advance them, either in school, within our school partnerships or further afield when occasions present.

Because our standards are high we also have many children who are very academically able. They also receive extra support from teachers, teaching assistants, visitors and trips outside school and their work is carefully differentiated to include challenge. In both cases, our focus should be firmly on ability rather than on attainment/achievement. Identification is not about labelling pupils but for ensuring that effective and suitable provision is made.  By identifying the very able pupil, teachers can assess need and this informs the planning of work to ensure appropriate pace, rigour and challenge.  As with all our children we try to provide as many opportunities as we can for them to ensure they achieve their full potential.


National Association for Gifted Children

Supporting gifted and talented children



Support for children, young people and their families

Here are links to organisations which may be useful to parents:

Cornwall SENDiass, who can help with information, advice and support. The service is confidential, impartial, accessible and free.

01736 751921



Parent Carer Council for Cornwall

The parents and carers of children and young people, offering information, activities and events.



Charlie and KSGood Mental Health


Speech and Language





As a school we have received training on Dyscalculia and our SENCo is very happy to discuss any difficulties with number and can conduct a Dyscalculia screening.



Pearl centre, Truro www.spectrumasd.org



Family Support


FRANK: Honest information, help, guidance and support about drugs




Child Sexual Exploitation


Devon and Cornwall Police:


Barnardos – keeping their promise to protect and keep children safe for over 150 years:


Victim Support: contact us for free and confidential support to help you move beyond the impact of crime.


Cornwall & The Isles of Scilly Safeguarding Partnership:


Women’s Aid- if you or a friend need help then call us today:


The Early Help Hub: Working together for parents and professionals