I have been a teacher for longer than I care to remember.
I have taught in mainstream schools, sixth form college and for half of my career, teaching Looked After children. I am relatively new to teaching children with Literacy difficulties / Dyslexia, but decided it was for me after completing a part time Post Graduate diploma SpLD course.
Having talked to the parents of my students, a major source of concern for me is how children diagnosed or not, with Specific Learning Differences( Difficulties) are supported in school.
I know, because I watch the news and surf the net, school budgets are very restricted. One school was reported not to have enough money for toilet rolls, another school hadn't enough money to pay ancillary staff. I get the feeling that there is not enough time or resources to help children who learn differently.
Children with SpLD / SEN needs require trained staff to support them...… more than just another 15 minutes reading practice once a week. Children with Dyslexia, Dyspraxia or dyscalculia need trained staff to give them the strategies they need to reach their full potential.
The British Dyslexia Association and Patoss have lists of specialist dyslexia tutors who can help children with these differences. They have the expertise and training to identify challenges and strengths of each child to not only support their learning but also to develop their self confidence.
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