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Teaching Strategies and Tips in Creating a Dyslexia Friendly Learning Environment

On 22nd September 2021, teaching staff from the OWN Trust Schools met to learn about Teaching Strategies and Tips in Creating a Dyslexia Friendly Learning Environment.

The event was organised by Laura Hurrell (Woodston’s SENCO) and delivered by Gail Kenlin (Assistant Principal with responsibility for SEND) from the SpLD (Specific Learning Difficulties) SEN Hub at TDA (Thomas Deacon Academy).  The event was delivered virtually over Teams.

The event was organised because OWN Trust SENCOs highlighted the need to develop staff knowledge of dyslexia as an area of improvement. One in ten children has dyslexia. Strategies that support dyslexic learners in the classroom support their access to the curriculum. Additionally, the strategies also support non-dyslexic learners and can be easily implemented within the schools' quality first teaching (QFT).

Gail explained the main presenting difficulties of dyslexia and other regularly co-occurring difficulties. She also described neurodiversity and the importance of noticing an individual child’s strengths and areas where they need support, rather than focusing on a diagnostic label.

This was the first ever virtual OWN Trust-wide staff event, and it was a great success. The OWN Trust SENCOs will discuss ‘what next’ at their next meeting on 6th October 2021.

At each of the schools involved, staff were asked after the event to make a pledge to implement one or two of the ideas taken from the meeting which will be followed up in learning walks/pupil discussions later on this term. The OWN Trust SENCOs aim to deliver the training to those who were unable to attend.

You can click on the link to discover more about the Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD) at Thomas Deacon Academy.

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