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Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils (CReSTeD)

The Council for the Registration of Schools Teaching Dyslexic Pupils (CReSTeD) is a charity founded in 1989 to help parents and those who advise them, choose an educational establishment to support a student with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD). These include Dyslexia, Dyspraxia, Dyscalculia, ADD, ADHD as well as Pragmatic and Semantic Language Difficulties.

The CReSTeD Council includes representatives from the BDA, Dyslexia Action,  Dyslexia-SpLD Trust, the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, educational psychologists and schools. CReSTeD maintain a Register of schools and teaching centres, accredited for their provision for students with SpLD. These establishments are visited by a Consultant, selected for their experience in the field of SpLD, to ensure that the criterions set by CReSTeD are met. All schools and centres are revisited every three years or earlier in certain circumstances. If successful, they are placed into one of six categories according to their type of provision: 

Dyslexia Specialist Provision (DSP): Established primarily to teach pupils with dyslexia. 

Learning Support Centre (LSC): Offers a designated unit that provides specialist tuition on a small group or individual basis, according to need. 

Maintained Schools (MS): Local authority schools able to demonstrate an effective system for identifying pupils with dyslexia.

Specialist Provision (SPS): Specifically established to teach pupils with dyslexia and related specific learning difficulties.

Teaching Centre (TC): Designated centre providing specialist tuition on a small group or individual basis, according to need.

Withdrawal System (WS): Helps dyslexic pupils by withdrawing them from appropriately selected lessons for specialist tuition. 

The MS category includes schools approved by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) as Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark Schools. These schools have demonstrated a high commitment to dyslexic learners and undergone rigorous scrutiny in order to achieve the Quality Mark award, an honour that they hold for 3 years before being re-verified by the BDA. They are identified on the CReSTeD Register with the BDA Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark logo. 

The CReSTeD Register is available to view via the website: https://crested.org.uk/index.html

It’s a valuable resource for parents, educational advisers and schools.

Further information 

For more information about CReSTeD email: admin@crested.org.uk   

Website: www.crested.org.uk

Brendan Wignall has been Headmaster of Ellesmere College since 1996 and is currently Chair of CReSTeD. After teaching English at Oakham and Christ’s Hospital, he became Head of English and Registrar of Denstone College. His main interests are his family, Ellesmere, Liverpool FC, gardening, and culture in the broadest sense (excluding only country music!).