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    So I have always had problems reading and writing- not in the sense of I can't come up with nice essays, but I always misread and misunderstand text and am generally really slow to read: Nearly all of the marks I lose in exams are due to not understanding what the questions say or wants me to do, when in fact I could happily give a lecture on most of these topics indefinitely. I confronted my school about it, but they instantly said my case is not worth it as I am not underachieving e.g. have an offer from King's College Cambridge for Maths. I feel really let down by this as I spend about 90% of every exam trying to read the questions and very little actually doing, and it's clear my grades are proportional to the amount of text/writing. I'm finding it really frustrating as most of my family has known issues related to dyslexia, autism etc. and it's as though the school doesn't care if I achieve my best or not. If anyone has any advice/ anything I should say to my school it would be greatly appreciated
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    (Original post by EnglishMuon)
    So I have always had problems reading and writing- not in the sense of I can't come up with nice essays, but I always misread and misunderstand text and am generally really slow to read: Nearly all of the marks I lose in exams are due to not understanding what the questions say or wants me to do, when in fact I could happily give a lecture on most of these topics indefinitely. I confronted my school about it, but they instantly said my case is not worth it as I am not underachieving e.g. have an offer from King's College Cambridge for Maths. I feel really let down by this as I spend about 90% of every exam trying to read the questions and very little actually doing, and it's clear my grades are proportional to the amount of text/writing. I'm finding it really frustrating as most of my family has known issues related to dyslexia, autism etc. and it's as though the school doesn't care if I achieve my best or not. If anyone has any advice/ anything I should say to my school it would be greatly appreciated
    I would say that unfortunately at that age getting a private diagnosis would be so much easier. Getting a local authority ed psych could take months I m afraid so it might be that they do believe you but they just can't pay for it for you or don't want to as you be kept you head above water for so long and you have to be really behind for them to help especially if you re leaving that school in a few months.
    If you can afford it before or when you get to uni then from personal experience it's worth the money to pay for an assessment yourself.
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    I would say that unfortunately at that age getting a private diagnosis would be so much easier. Getting a local authority ed psych could take months I m afraid so it might be that they do believe you but they just can't pay for it for you or don't want to as you be kept you head above water for so long and you have to be really behind for them to help especially if you re leaving that school in a few months.
    If you can afford it before or when you get to uni then from personal experience it's worth the money to pay for an assessment yourself.
    Yeh this ^^ It is also worth getting assessed as you can use the diagnosis to then claim disabled students allowance (DSA) at university.
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    Sorry that was really long of me, in short I m sorry but paying a couple of hundred for an assessment yourself is likely your only option as waiting lists are months long and as you ve said as you ve kept your head above water it's likely you can't make them care. (Dyslexic diagnosed at 18 when I got to uni, my school was useless too )
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    I would say that unfortunately at that age getting a private diagnosis would be so much easier. Getting a local authority ed psych could take months I m afraid so it might be that they do believe you but they just can't pay for it for you or don't want to as you be kept you head above water for so long and you have to be really behind for them to help especially if you re leaving that school in a few months.
    If you can afford it before or when you get to uni then from personal experience it's worth the money to pay for an assessment yourself.
    Thanks for the reply. But yeah I'm afraid economic factors may be the case, especially as my school is in the 2nd worst funded area in England, but you'd think a school could try and help in some way especially after spending a couple of thousand on leather sofas for no reason. Could you please tell me more about how I can get an external assessment? I'd be more than happy pay it myself if that's possible.
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    (Original post by EnglishMuon)
    Thanks for the reply. But yeah I'm afraid economic factors may be the case, especially as my school is in the 2nd worst funded area in England, but you'd think a school could try and help in some way especially after spending a couple of thousand on leather sofas for no reason. Could you please tell me more about how I can get an external assessment? I'd be more than happy pay it myself if that's possible.
    Maybe the sofas are on a hire purchase Either you wait till you get to university and see the student support services who should b able to arrange an assessment for you at possibly a discounted price or give dyslexia action or BDA a call and they should have a list of educational psychologists/assessors in your area who you can contact
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    (Original post by claireestelle)
    Maybe the sofas are on a hire purchase Either you wait till you get to university and see the student support services who should b able to arrange an assessment for you at possibly a discounted price or give dyslexia action or BDA a call and they should have a list of educational psychologists/assessors in your area who you can contact
    Thanks very much, it's good to know that I'm not the only one out there But yeah my schools run by lunatics currently. I haven't even had a biology teacher this year as my usual one is ill and hasn't been replaced. Sort of wish it was next year already
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    Yeh this ^^ It is also worth getting assessed as you can use the diagnosis to then claim disabled students allowance (DSA) at university.
    Ok, thanks So long as it would be more of a help than a 'label' for me I'd be happy to get it sorted out.
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    (Original post by EnglishMuon)
    Thanks very much, it's good to know that I'm not the only one out there But yeah my schools run by lunatics currently. I haven't even had a biology teacher this year as my usual one is ill and hasn't been replaced. Sort of wish it was next year already
    No problem glad to help Uni is a much better learning environment so next year should be much better for you it's certainly rare to find a good biology teacher.
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    Have been speaking to college /uni /DSA about all of this since last Friday - when you get to uni go to your student support / academic support - tell them you suspect you are dyslexic / have a specific learning disability and ask them to arrange a report from an educational psychologist for you (even if you had had a diagnosis from your school it has to have been carried out in the last 3 years ).The university will usually pay towards the cost - Leeds has a cap of £280 and expect you to pay and then will refund you - and some universities expect you to contribute £50 towards the cost and pay the ed psychologist direct for the rest.You then spend a couple of hours doing tests to see where your problem lies and chat about how this affects you and your studies.
    A report is then sent to both you and the university explaining the findings and making suggestions for support - you then download a DSA slim form and complete it and send in to student finance with your report and within 10 days should receive a letter back from them telling you if you are eligible to receive DSA.

    If you are, they then send you a letter telling you to go ahead and book an assessment at a specialist assessment centre (such as Abilitynet ) and here they discuss with you the outcome of your report and how you can be supported / show you software etc - THEY then make a report and list any equipment / training that you might need - (just google Abilitynet centres - it's easier ) - they then send a copy to the DSA (or to you first so you can check it and make any agreed amendments with them - might be a good idea in case they miss something out) and list any equipment they suggest you need like a voice recorder for lectures etc and the DSA should then go ahead and get things sorted.

    Your uni will be able to put in place extra time etc just on the strength of your ed psychologist report and give any support through specialist workshops etc - you need to bear in mind that DSA is changing at the moment and the onus is being shifted onto the university to provide most of the support rather than the government as they are trying to wriggle out of funding it themselves - google Higher education student support changes to disabled students allowances (DSA's) to get a better idea of what will and won't be paid for .

    Good luck
 
 
 
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