Brighton & Hove Inclusion Support Service (BHISS) Literacy support

We work with schools to support children with severe literacy problems, including specific learning difficulties (SpLD) like dyslexia.

Our team works with schools to help them provide support for children and young people 0 to 25 years old who have severe literacy problems, including including specific learning difficulties (SpLD).

Examples of SpLD include dyslexia, which is difficulty in learning to read or interpret words, letters, and other symbols and dyscalculia, which is difficulty understanding maths concepts and symbols.

Our team:

  • provides training for schools and other professionals to support children, such as strategies to help with dyslexia
  • organises access arrangements in tests and exams, such as extra time or a screen reader
  • gives advice, guidance and support to schools and parents, including workshops and parent evenings
  • provides specialist teaching resources for schools and children, such as dyslexia toolkits
  • creates positive links between school and home
  • supports schools with the Assess, Plan, Do, Review process
  • provides support with Education, Health and Care (EHC) assessments and plans and appeals
  • supports children from Brighton & Hove who go to a school outside of the local area, when it’s needed
  • works closely with other BHISS teams

How to get support from us

Your child's school will contact us if they need support from us.

Talk to your child’s teacher or, Special Educational Needs Coordinator if you think your child needs support from BHISS.


  • Brighton & Hove Music & Arts Building, County Oak Avenue, Brighton, BN1 8DJ

Contact information

Opening times

Phone lines are open 9am to 5pm Monday to Thursday and 9am to 4:30pm on Fridays.