Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 23 September 2014

Dyslexic boy in legal bid for special tutor

A nine-year-old dyslexic boy has won legal permission to challenge the lack of direct access to a literacy teacher.

High Court Judge Mr Justice Treacy granted leave to seek a judicial review after being told nearly 70 other children within one education board are in the same situation.

He said: “If the applicant is right it could have very serious consequences for the applicant, and indeed for other children who may be in the same position.”

The boy, who is from the Greater Belfast area but cannot be identified, is among 400 children in the South Eastern Education and Library Board area said to meet the requirements for external help with literacy problems. Rachel Hogan of the Children's Law Centre said: “The consequences for a child like this are very, very severe.”

According to Ms Hogan, 67 children in the South Eastern Board area are still to receive direct access to such a specialist teacher.

The legal challenge, taken in the boy's name by his mother, is seeking to judicially review the decision not to allocate direct teaching support on the basis of his needs.

Mr Justice Treacy granted leave to apply for a judicial review on the basis that a case had been established on all grounds of challenge.

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