Bolingbroke academy achieved the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark awarded by the British Dyslexia Association in 2014 with the support of the Driver Youth Trust. (www.driveryouthtrust.com)
Bolingbroke as a Dyslexia Friendly School
According to the BDA (British Dyslexia Association www.bdadyslexia.org.uk) one of the basic principles of becoming a dyslexia-friendly school is the expectation that teachers take immediate action when faced with learning needs. In a dyslexia-friendly school, all staff are empowered through training, policy and ethos to identify issues and take front line action.
What is dyslexia?
Dyslexia affects 10% of the UK population and is a learning difficulty that can make reading, writing and spelling extremely challenging. Research indicates that people with dyslexia find it difficult to connect the sounds they hear to the written letters which make up the words on a page. Dyslexic pupils may also have accompanying weaknesses in short term memory, sequencing and the speed at which they process information. There is no correlation whatsoever between a person with dyslexia and their IQ.
What makes a ‘Dyslexia-Friendly’ academy?
Ensuring our academy is Dyslexia-Friendly isn’t just about catering for those who have been identified as having dyslexic tendencies; our belief is that making the academy accessible to the dyslexic pupil will benefit all our pupils in one way or another.
Some of the ways we do this is by:
Providing buff coloured paper in all classrooms
Using a dyslexia-friendly font (Century Gothic)
Checking readability of resources.
Teaching pupils how to present their ideas in different ways e.g mind-mapping, presentations, and think, pair, share.
Where can I find out about dyslexia?
If you would like to find out more about dyslexia, including how you can best support your child at home, please contact:
Altina Smith (Lead Learning Support Assistant Dyslexia)
Lucy Widdowson (Head of SEND)
Or you can visit some of these helpful websites
British Dyslexia Association (BDA): www.bdadyslexia.org.uk
Driver Youth Trust: www.driveryouthtrust.com
Parent Champions: www.parentchampions.org.uk
Dyslexia-SPLD trust: www.thedyslexia-spldtrust.org.uk
More information can also be found in Bolingbroke Academy's Dyslexia Policy