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School Leaders, Teachers

How technology can drive classroom efficiency!

COVID-19 has caused huge disruption for all those in education, including teachers, who according to a report by ImpactEd, have experienced an exponential increase in workload and working hours. Looking towards the end of the school year, it is important that we reflect on the lessons learnt throughout the pandemic so that we can better support teachers and pupils in the future…

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School Leaders, Teachers

The power of multisensory learning!

All learning happens through the senses, which act as pathways to the brain. Multisensory methods utilise all the available senses simultaneously. This can be summed up in the phrase ‘hear it, say it, see it and write it’. A true multisensory lesson will engage students on all these levels, at one time and should be active and interactive. The following blog post provides some tips and ideas to help you engage your pupils with a multisensory approach to learning…

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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…

School Leaders, Teachers

Classroom support for Generation Z

With over 25 years’ leadership and teaching experience, Nicola Hankey a year 5 teacher and SEND Co-ordinator discusses how the classroom environment has changed over the years, explaining that it is time to alter the way we approach and deliver successful interventions for generation ‘Z’…

School Leaders, Teachers, Technology

Diagnostic Assessments – When is the right time?

Diagnostic assessments are the only way in which dyslexia can be formally identified. By providing a clear picture of someone’s cognitive strengths and weaknesses they can pave the way for more effective support, whilst also providing evidence for access arrangements, funding applications or even employment adjustments. But, how do you know when it is the right time to refer your child or pupil for a diagnostic assessment?

School Leaders, Technology

Can AI improve literacy rates?

In the following blog post, Bernadette McLean the former Principal of the Helen Arkell Dyslexia Centre, discusses how new technology can help teachers to dig deeply into what is really going on when children read, paving the way for the much earlier identification of literacy barriers in the classroom.

School Leaders, Teachers, Technology

Lexplore Analytics at Bett 2020!

For the first time at Bett (stand NJ58), we will unveil a secondary school version of our unique assessment which uses the latest in AI and eye tracking technology to help teachers accurately assess attainment and spot children encountering difficulties within minutes…

Parents, Teachers

Supporting all readers by Katrina Cochrane!

Katrina Cochrane is a specialist teacher and author with over 25 years’ experience working to raise awareness and support both children and adults with dyslexia. In the following blog post she shares an insight into the diverse range of difficulties children can face when it comes to reading. Difficulties which make it challenging for class teachers to identify those needing extra support…

School Leaders, Teachers, Technology

Reflecting on my first term at Lexplore!

Earlier this year we were thrilled to welcome Dona Stevenson, who after 14 years working with the British Dyslexia Association, joined the Lexplore team as our Training and Education Specialist. In the following post Donna reflects on how first term at Lexplore has certainly whizzed by, in a frenzy of meeting schools, learning about AI and eye tracking technology, as well as attending TES SEN South and launching an exciting webinar programme!

Parents, Teachers

Access Arrangements and Examinations!

Here at Lexplore we are often asked about how our test can assist in providing additional evidence for Access Arrangements. Lexplore can indeed provide an overview of a pupil’s reading skills, thereby giving a sense of the candidate’s abilities and/ or specifically provide information to meet specific criteria. ..

Parents, Teachers

Reading beyond the classroom!

When teaching children to read, we build upon their early knowledge of language acquired through their interactions and experiences. If children do not grow up in language rich environments, they can often find it difficult to keep up with their peers who do, especially when it comes to learning to read.
Within schools we can provide children with many opportunities to develop their enthusiasm for reading, however, it is just as important to ensure that children’s home environments also support their literacy development…