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Parents, School Leaders, Teachers, Technology

The new technology helping children with their reading!

To investigate the impact that COVID has had on children’s learning and literacy, The BBC One Show  sent poet, writer, and musician Benjamin Zephaniah to a primary school in Farnham. Having experienced disruption to his own education, due to moving around a lot as a child, he was able to share his own personal experiences of struggling when it comes to reading…

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Parents, Teachers

Working memory to support learning…

The development of working memory is crucial to pupil engagement and academic success. In order to retain what they are learning; pupils need to develop strategies which support their memory and ultimately improve their ability to retain information and ultimately learn. The following blog post will look at the various areas of memory and suggest strategies and resources which may help.

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Parents, School Leaders, Teachers

Closing the literacy gap and opening the door for learning!

Reading is a life skill which children need in order to thrive in their education and throughout their lives. According to Andrea Welter, assistant head teacher from Pheasey Park Primary School and Early Years Centre, there’s an urgent need to support children in literacy so their life chances are not affected by the Covid-19 pandemic…

School Leaders, Teachers

Supporting children without bursting bubbles!

As the Recovery Curriculum is implemented in schools, how can all students be supported within their ‘bubbles’, to ensure that they don’t get left behind? In their recent article, Pamela Hanigan and Rachel Gelder, founders of Lancashire Dyslexia Information Guidance and Support (LDIGS), discuss how schools can build targeted interventions into classroom bubbles.

Parents, School Leaders, Teachers

A Dyslexia Friendly Environment!

As the old saying goes, ‘knowledge is power’ so think about how much you know about dyslexia. If your answer is ‘not much’, then Dyslexia Awareness Week could be a great time to improve your knowledge! The British Dyslexia Association’s website is a great place to start, with articles, webinars and more information to help you become more Dyslexia aware! As a Dyslexia Smart organisation, we have created the following list of top tips which you can follow to create a dyslexia-friendly environment in your classroom…

Parents, Teachers

Improving confidence through comics!

In the following blog post, Rossie Stone, the creator and founder of Dekko Comics, shares the story of his struggles during education and discusses how his comics can help to smash reading and learning barriers in the classroom, by making the curriculum accessible for all and improving children’s confidence.

School Leaders, Teachers

The Gifts of Dyslexia!

Despite affecting around 10% to 15% of the population and being the highest incidence learning difference, Dyslexia is still perhaps of one the most misunderstood. Indeed, when we see statistics or hear discussions relating to the learning difference they all too often focus on dyslexia as an educational barrier and a challenge. Looking towards this years’ Dyslexia Awareness Week, it is important to recognise that Dyslexia is not a disadvantage but simply a different way of processing and interpreting information. 

School Leaders, Teachers

Tracking pupil eye movements to help aid the transition between primary and secondary schools

We know that finding out what level Year 7 pupils are working at will be harder than ever this September! Children will be entering secondary school without SAT scores or full details about their Year 6 attainment. By launching a secondary school version of our assessment, we can help provide an accurate view of students’ level of reading and comprehension in minutes and identify which of these children will need additional support as soon as they return to the classroom.

School Leaders, Teachers

Overcoming language barriers for EAL pupils

Picture a child in your classroom who is new to English, brimming with ideas, ready to learn and desperate to join in, yet lacking the words they need to fully engage with their learning. This child and many others like them may have joined your class halfway through the year, and now it’s your job to unlock their potential and give them a flying start to their learning journey. It’s a challenging scenario, and one faced by schools up and down the country. So what can you do to make a positive difference to EAL pupils whether they stay for six months or six years?

School Leaders, Teachers

The Summer School Series by Lexplore Analytics!

This Summer Term, teachers across the country have worked harder than ever before trying to maintain a high level of teaching in the face of school closures and the COVID-19 pandemic! As the end of this challenging term approaches, many teachers, parents and children alike will be looking forward to a well-deserved rest over the holidays.

School Leaders, Teachers

Shifting the reading culture!

Encouraging a love of reading is hugely beneficial for all pupils, including those with SEND. But it requires the space and the time to focus on books! How can schools create and drive a reading culture? Aimee Cave, SENCo and assistant head explains how they are achieving it in their school…