The school has expertise in dyslexia and this is used to screen all pupils in Year 2. This means that dyslexic pupils are quickly given the extra help they need. They benefit from excellent opportunities to express their ideas in different ways, including the school’s innovative online radio station. The school’s dyslexia unit trains teachers and other staff from across London. – Ofsted October 2018
‘The Dyslexia Centre gives outstanding support and guidance to all teachers in the support of pupils with specific learning difficulties and this enables the school to teach these pupils within the mainstream classes. The Centre has developed an outstanding external reputation and now trains teachers throughout the authority and beyond.’- Ofsted November 2014
We believe that every child with dyslexia deserves to reach their potential and to discover and enjoy their talents. With our support children are given the best chance to overcome the challenges they face, together we find the strategies that will help them become fully independent learners enabling them to access the curriculum, articulate and express their ideas.
The development of self esteem, self confidence and self efficacy are integral and important to our sessions, as is a focus on metacognition (learning how to learn).
We understand that Dyslexia affects more than just literacy, although we acknowledge this is usually the primary challenge. Our teaching is multisensory, systematic and cumulative with many opportunities for reviewing and consolidating learning.
Each child’s program of study is personalised, and starts from their point of breakdown. We use ‘SMART’ targets to ensure success, which is always celebrated. Typical areas of support for a child may include:
- Reading: accuracy, fluency, comprehension, enjoyment etc
- Writing: style, vocabulary, organisation, punctuation and grammar.
- Spelling: high frequency words, important words and explicit rules.
- Numeracy: telling the time, multiplication facts, maths vocabulary etc
Other areas of support may include: handwriting, organisation, sequencing, phonological awareness or self-esteem.
This video gives an insight into our ethos and what we do: