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How Teachers Can Help

 

If you teach dyslexic pupils

You will be familiar with the responses in place through your Special Educational Needs Coordinator. Under the provisions of the Special Educational Needs Code of Practice, responses can range through extra classroom help, Action Plus, Individual Educational Plans or a formal EHC Plan. You should follow these recommendations and raise any questions with the SENCO. 

Indigo recommend that you re-acquaint yourself with the excellent Dyslexia Friendly Schools pack produced by the British Dyslexia Association. This pack contains valuable information, advice and guidance about teaching and dyslexia. 


If you think your pupil is dyslexic 

It is important that you raise any thoughts you have with the SENCO. Your own classroom experience and regular assessment for learning should help support your opinion about learning progression. 


Possible indicators

Dyslexic children may seem unable to concentrate, follow instructions and remember things. Further indicators may centre on difficulties in transferring words from the mind onto paper in a coherent manner. The child may also struggle with phonic pronunciation and reading aloud smoothly. In class, children may also become disruptive, either through frustration or simply avoiding the pressure of reading and writing. 

The British Dyslexia Association distributes resource packs to schools and LEAs. The section entitled "How to identify Dyslexia" should prove helpful for teachers and learning support assistants. 

 

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