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Parents, Teachers

Supporting your child at home!

The announcement of lockdown 3 has seen huge numbers of parents and carers once again challenged with the task of home-schooling their children. Many will feel anxious and have concerns about their child’s mental health, or the impact that the another lockdown and unpredictable periods of self-isolation will have on their progress. We have put together some of our favourite tips to help parents support children from home in these challenging times.

Parents, Teachers

Top 25 Christmas Reading Tips!

Christmas provides a perfect opportunity for children to develop their enthusiasm for reading. Our top tips can help families keep on track with reading over the holidays, spread the festive cheer and spend some quality time together with some fantastic stories!

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.

Parents, Teachers

Using music to develop literacy!

Many learners find music a less threatening prospect than conventional language drills. When we wrap language and literacy development tasks in musical activities, more learners enjoy practising, want to do it more often, and get better at it…

Parents, Teachers

Virtual Learning and SEND Support!

Across the world, lockdown measures and physical distancing have severely impacted schooling and, like the rest of the educational world, I have moved my lessons online. As a specialist teacher providing one-to-one support for struggling maths students, this has been a steep learning curve.

Parents, Teachers

Phonics – Back to Basics!

We aspire to encourage all learners to develop a secure phonemic understanding, as this provides the foundations for their reading and learning journey. But, how do you recognise that pupils are developing good phonemic knowledge or identify those with a phonological deficit?

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…