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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 proud partner of the British Dyslexia Association, we have created the following list of top tips which you can follow to create a dyslexia-friendly environment in your classroom…

Parents, Teachers

Attention Skills and Reading!

Intuitively, parents and teachers understand that attention is important to learning. If you cannot pay attention in class or while reading a book, you are not going to learn much. However, attention is much more foundational than just ‘paying attention’. Attention skills impact self-control, working memory, and cognitive flexibility, which are known collectively as executive function skills…

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, 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

Why formal learning should wait!

As schools begin opening their doors again after many weeks of lockdown, it seems natural to focus on returning to familiar routines and getting pupils back up to speed with their learning. But as discussed by Dave Whyley in his recent EdWire Article, Covid-19 has changed the face of education and formal learning needs to wait!

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?