Secondary Special Needs - Dyslexia Friendly Classroom

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This programme looks at increasing the understanding of what it is to be a dyslexic at school and offers innovative classroom strategies to help dyslexic pupils to achieve.

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The programme focuses on a dyslexia awareness course with SEN staff from Sackville School in East Grinstead as they learn how to make their classrooms dyslexia friendly.

Specialist trainers from the Medway Dyslexia Association put the SEN staff through their paces with various activities designed to put them in the shoes of a dyslexic student, from discussing their hobbies using limited vocabulary to attempting to copy passages written with the Greek alphabet while being timed!

It is estimated that around one in ten school children are dyslexic so greater insight into their difficulties in class is essential to help improve teaching in the future.


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    • Dyslexia Friendly Classroom
      6 May 2009 - 23:12

      As the mildly dyslexic Mother of a more severely dyslexic 11 year old two things in this rang all too true.

      Time pressured copying from the board, was for me a total nightmare, I can't spell and can't hold long chains of letters in my head.So I am constantly looking up and down and loosing my place.

      At least, in this age of photocopiers, my daughter has to do a lot less copying, but when she does it's often what the homework is and when its due in. Deciphering her planer can be interesting.

      Also the opener about finding words. I sometimes forget words completely or see something beginning with the right letter and say something else entirely.

      My daughter is doing her SATS next week and since she gets a scribe, she was dictating a practice story. It had lots of dialogue and hence lots of punctuation. This caused much frustrated
      "Open two liney things in the air, put a little tick on the line. No Mummy that needs one of those things before the s."
      (Open speech marks, comma and an apostrophe please.)

      I just hope her scribe doesn't mind much hand waving and occasionally having the pencil grabbed from her had so she can put them in herself.

    • some other useful tips
      22 April 2009 - 13:06

      These are some other useful tips that relate to the content of this video:

      1. You can copy down from the board without looking at the paper. Keep your eyes focused on the board and just write on the paper. After just a little practice your writing will become quite good and in the case of a pupil with poor handwriting, probably better than normal.

      2. When reading move the book from flat on the table, to slighty raised, to raised to about sholder level - you may find that the child's experience is much better when not flat on the table (they are then out of accessing those negative emotions you get when you look down).

      Hope this helps, Olive Hickmott, ex-dyslexic and now educator

    • s1m s1m
      22 December 2008 - 21:40

      in response to- Any other suggestions for topics like this?
      Submitted by Luke Harvey on August 21, 2006 - 10:56.

      Great to hear positive comments about this programme.

      Are there other topics that you think Teachers' TV could cover in a similar way?

      Luke Harvey, Teachers' TV Associates Producer

      this was a good programme would like to see more programmes on specific learning disabilities and different strategies to help support pupils with a SpLD. How to get the support for pupils with SpLD's and their personal take on how their daily lives both in and out of school living with a SpLd.

    • dyslexia
      13 November 2008 - 20:48

      i have dyslexia and i just wanted to say what it does to me and what i think helps me with it

      for me i don't see moveing words and i either recognize what i am seeing or i don't i know a lot of ppl have said brake down the words i can not do this at all when i read i am slower and not long into it starts to hurt me to go on reading and as well as that i miss words out and move back up or down lines with out knowing that i did it the way we Learn in school to read has many faults we should be trying to learn in as many ways as we can to maximize the learning progress things that help me and my dyslexic mates to learn to read more was the use of PCs and things like MSN that can be fun to use with out knowing that you are learning to read and spell and just learning new things as you use tools like this as well as things like word and even better like Firefox that has a spell check that helps us to communicate and learn to read as when we check the word spelling with word or Firefox we learn to recognize what we are seeing tho at first we needed to use a reader like readplease that is free to download and use to know if we are typing the words we think we are given time this works better and better tho at schools they always have MSNs block that's y i think all ppl that are Dyslexic need to have a free laptop to help them to learn as learning to read has to be a at home thing as well as a at school thing or they will never get any better at it this is how it was for me into i was 16 i did not know how to read anything at all but with in a yr of using a PC and MSN i got a lot better and now 2yrs on i am where i am to day most ppl can not tell i am Dyslexic this also workd with my mates and now they are a lot better then they use to i also take OMEGA-3 pills what i think have improved my memory and concentration i think if all kids had them growing up some dyslexics may not have turned out Dyslexic the brain needs certain chemicals to function correctly and from knowing whats in are food i can say i don't think most of us are getting them

    • mpaulger mpaulger


      Best practice
      30 November 2006 - 11:41

      I was very interested to see the activities that helped staff to gain meaning from the dyslexic child's difficulties. It was down to earth and enlightening. well done.

      I also realised how much morale is lowered by constant tiny failures which we, as teachers, could minimise.

      However, I would have liked to see much more of effective classroom strategies and organisational techniques which make for Best Practice.

    • As an Adult Dyslexic, it
      3 November 2006 - 17:02

      As an Adult Dyslexic, it was greate to see the dyslexic condition portraied in honest, and constructive way, the quotes from the Boy's were so true that I remember with a shiver, being there doing that, my ple for non dyslexic teachers and TA's, is what you see is what you get, but simple stategies applied with care will let the pupil blosom, and help keep them within society, as it is hard to conform when the class and it feels that the whole School are isolating you, (sorry about the spelling and sintacs but without the tools, you get what you get) Phil Morris Chair of Governors, keep up the good work

    • Elaine Cowan Elaine Cowan


      Sneak preview dyslexia friendly classroom
      20 August 2006 - 17:00

      Good strategies and also ideas on how to put yourself in others' shoes.

      Maybe in the resources you might not just go for deficit model and relate more widely beyond pupile already identified with dyslexia especially as we know in some council areas it may not be acceptable/ "pc" to identify children in this way.

      I think many children in any classroom would benefit from such a discussion on spelling and organisation rather than just labelling some for this help. We need to talk more with all children about how we can help them all to learn better so children will feel able then to draw on a variety of strategies even if they do not have/have not been identified with specific learning difficulties.

    • Norma Norma


      Dyslexia Friendly classroom
      19 August 2006 - 10:40

      This programme was brillant. I will go back and watch it again. I didn't realise the number of dyslexic children was so high.

      After the school holidays I will take the strategies with with me to school and share with my SEN department. In the meantime I will make some of the strategies so I can show them. Working in a secondary school there is peer pressure, however the strategies the programme will help the students and alleviate the pressure.

      I will also make an announcment in our staff briefings in the morning to let memebers of the staff know when the programme is on, also inform them if they don't know already of your website.

      Staff training is being cut due to budget cuts so programmes like this one help me and many others to keep up to date with new strategies and the many changes.

      A must to watch, set your video recorders

      Thankyou Teachers tv