Dyslexia Friendly schools

There is an interesting item in today’s Independent (click on Independent to see it) about a school in England about to ‘go into partnership with a dyslexia charity and revolutionise the help available for dyslexic children in state schools’. The key seems to be an early intervention programme involving individual whiteboards and coloured stimuli cards. Children sound out each letter separately and then blend them together ‘gleefully’.

There is a suggestion that black writing on a white board is said to aid the memory. That might well be the case but it does rather fly in the face of our understanding about scotopic sensitivity. The Dyslexia Association recommends white writing on a blue background! I’d welcome people’s experiences in using diffferent coloured fonts, paper, glasses with dyslexic pupils.

 This doesn’t sound very much different from what goes on in many good infant classrooms. Correct me if I’m wrong! I shall investigate the programme further if I can.

We all know there are no instant solutions, no quick fixes. The feeling I get from the article is that the school actively works towards early identification of dyslexic difficulties in partnership with parents.  The school has an inclusive policy to ‘break the cycle of failure’, and has an emphasis on literacy. Parental concerns are taken seriously.

 Not too  different from what goes on in East Lothian I think.

2 thoughts on “Dyslexia Friendly schools

  1. individual whiteboards, magnetic letters, blending etc are indeed widely used approaches in East Lothian classrooms

    I have also frequently photocopied material onto pastel paper (usually blue or yellow), used coloured pens on whiteboards, changed fonts, colour and size and used coloured reading rulers – pupils who find black text on white uncomfortable usually respond well to this and those who don’t usually tell you so!

    Whatever helps! – who doesn’t enjoy a well stocked stationery box with funky gel pens and nice paper!

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