Cognition & Learning Advisory Support Service (CLASS)

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Cognition & Learning Advisory Support Service (CLASS)

Service details

The team comprises of two part time Advisory Teachers:
Sue Kinsler & Rachel Williams  


No charge for advisory services (virtual surgeries and referrals) or for Dyslexia Friendly Schools verifications and reverifications.
Please see the Swindon Hub for Education for details and prices of our range of training courses.


The page was last updated on 15 October 2021


Virtual Surgeries: Schools may request a virtual surgery by email ( to discuss pupils for immediate learning support. To encourage early intervention, there is no eligibility criteria and this service is free of charge.
Referrals: Before referring a pupil, a virtual surgery MUST have taken place. Schools may refer pupils meeting the eligibility criteria via our secure online portal at There is no charge for this service. Following a school visit, recommendations are made to support the pupil’s learning. These are reviewed with the school as part of a graduated approach (assess, plan, do, review). 

Parents are advised to discuss any concerns about their child’s learning with the SENCO at their child’s school. 

Service summary

The Cognition and Learning Advisory Support Service (CLASS) advises schools on how to support children and young people with cognition and learning difficulties within a school setting. This includes literacy difficulties, numeracy difficulties and difficulties.

Further information

Our mission is to support schools by offering evidence-based advice and training in order to remove barriers to learning and enable pupils to use their strengths to support their learning.

CLASS can support schools to identify and support learning needs but we do not offer a diagnostic service for dyslexia or dyscalculia. Schools do not require pupils to have a formal identification/’diagnosis’ to receive support for their cognition and learning needs.

CLASS provides schools with information, advice and support to achieve and maintain the Swindon Dyslexia Friendly Schools Quality Mark. CLASS awards the Swindon Dyslexia Friendly Schools Quality Mark to schools who demonstrate embedded dyslexia friendly good practice.

Main address

The Salt Way Centre
Pearl Road