What is Dyslexia?
Dyslexia is a neurological difference and can have a significant impact during education, in the workplace and in everyday life. As each person is unique, so is everyone's experience of dyslexia. It can range from mild to severe, and it can co-occur with other learning difficulties. It usually runs in families and is a life-long condition.
It is important to remember that there are positives to thinking differently. Many dyslexic people show strengths in areas such as reasoning and in visual and creative fields.
Watch the video below from the British Dyslexia Association
Parents and carers raise concerns surrounding dyslexia more than any other specific learning need. This is understandable as according to the British Dyslexia Association, the number of dyslexics in the UK is around 10%, where 4% of this severely suffer from Dyslexia. In addition, when learning key, basic skills in primary school, some of the barriers that children meet can often be reflective of dyslexic tendencies (e.g. spelling errors, letter reversals and retaining information). However, most of these barriers tend to be developmental or caused by other varying factors.
At Oldswinford CE Primary School, we currently follow the Dudley Dyslexia Pathway. This has been based on the recommendations of the Rose Review and is supported by Dudley Educational Psychology Services and Learning Support Service, both of whom we work closely alongside.
All children are on the pathway as this involves them accessing Quality First Teaching and dyslexia-friendly approaches. The leaflet below explains what happens if school feels that targeted or specialist support is required. It also details information about private assessments for dyslexia.
We are continually reviewing our processes and will update parents and carers of any changes made to our approach. If, having read the information below, you have further questions which you would like to discuss with us, please contact Mrs Seker.