In their recent article with Open Access Government, Pamela Hanigan and Rachel Gelder, founders of Lancashire Dyslexia Information Guidance and Support (LDIGS), explain how teachers and SENDCOs can assess children’s post-lockdown reading development and give the best support to their learning back in the classroom.
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.
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.
With partial school closures and periods of isolation, the Coronavirus outbreak has seen huge numbers of parents and carers suddenly getting to grips with the challenges of home-schooling children with neurodiverse differences such as dyslexia, autism or ADHD for the very first time…
Following a long period out of the classroom, many children may have taken a step backwards in literacy learning but, music, the world’s first and most popular language could help fill the gaps. In her recent article, dyslexia specialist tutor and assessor Dr Anne Margaret Smith, who has previously taught English for 30 years in Kenya, Germany, Sweden, and the UK, explains why music offers a fun and stress-free way to get these children back on track with their reading.
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.
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.
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?
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.