Our purpose is to help parents and those who advise them choose an educational establishment to support a child with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). Of these the main difficulty is dyslexia, there is, however, a general recognition that dyslexia does not always exist in isolation and latest research demonstrates a high level of co-occurrence with other difficulties. These include Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, ADD, ADHD as well as Pragmatic and Semantic Language Difficulties.
Schools and centres listed in the Register have declared whether they have provision for pupils with SpLD. All schools and centres will have their provision for these additional needs observed during their routine three yearly visits.
CReSTeD does not advise parents on the wider aspects of choosing a school or centre, our expertise is in the area of Specific Learning Difficulties educational support. Any decision regarding the choice of school or centre should always take into account the information available from other sources, for example, Ofsted and ISI. We would always encourage parents to visit a school or centre they feel will fit their childs needs before making any decision
CReSTeD acts as a source of schools and centres which parents can use as their first step towards making a placement decision which will be critical to their child's educational future. CReSTeD is a valuable resource for parents, educational advisers and schools.
CReSTeD was established in 1989, we maintain a Register of Schools accredited for their provision for children with Specific Learning Difficulties. These schools cover all levels of provision for SpLD pupils and include both state and independent provision.
The Register is published via this website and in digital formats, a printed copy can be obtained from the CReSTeD Administrator. To encourage accuracy, Council require schools to inform it of significant changes which impact on provision for its pupils with Specific Learning Difficulties.
The website contains all the information that is in the Register. It is updated as new information is received, new schools and/or centres approved, and contains links to the websites of all registered establishments as well as to other websites which may be of assistance to parents of children with SpLD.
The Council includes representatives from the British Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia Action, Dyslexia-SpLD Trust, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, educational pyschologists and schools. A solicitor who is a specialist in the legal aspects of Special Educational Needs is an Honorary Advisor to the Council.
CReSTeD was founded to help parents. It has had, and will continue to have, influence on the standards of provision for dyslexic pupils in particular and specific learning difficulties in general.
Digital versions of the Register and Information Pack are available in pdf. Please refer to the documents page for more information.
The British Dyslexia Association, Dyslexia Action, Dyslexia-SpLD Trust,and the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre.
Original established by the BDA, the Dyslexia Institute (now Dyslexia Action) along with others, to produce an authoritative list of schools, both maintained and independent.
Helen Arkell Dyslexia Charity, 24 West Street, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7DR