The Dyslexia Friendly Schools (DFS) Good Practice Guide has been produced by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA) and is a compilation of good dyslexia friendly practice from various agencies and authorities, including Swindon Borough Council.
In recognition of the council’s work in promoting the growing number of dyslexia friendly schools in Swindon, Helen Curtis, Advisory Teacher for Dyslexia-Specific Learning Difficulties attended a reception at the House of Lords at the start of Dyslexia Awareness Week earlier this month.
And to thank Swindon Borough Council’s Swindon Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Service, Helen was presented with a copy of the DFS Good Practice Guide by Dr Kate Saunders, Chief Executive Officer of the BDA.
Chapters taken from Swindon Borough Council’s Dyslexia Friendly Guidelines for the publication include: Supporting Children with Reading, Spelling, Handwriting and Maths Difficulties.
During the evening Sir Jackie Stewart OBE, Vice President of the BDA, shared his own experience of being identified as dyslexic in his forties. Sir Jackie also gave his support to the BDA’s e-petition to make dyslexia awareness sessions mandatory in all initial teacher training courses.
It is hoped this will result in all teachers being trained to understand dyslexia, its impact on learning and what constitutes dyslexia friendly practice. The approach has now been adopted with all training providers in Scotland.
Cllr David Renard, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “We are doing some fantastic work with our schools in helping our children overcome dyslexia and the fact some of our practices have been highlighted by the British Dyslexia Association is great recognition of that work.
“I would like to thank our Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Service for making sure so many of our young people continue to fulfil their potential.”
For more information about Swindon Borough Council’s Dyslexia Friendly Guidelines visit www.swindon.gov.uk/dyslexia
Details of both the (DFS) Good Practice Guide and the e-petition can be found at the BDA website: www.bdadyslexia.org.uk