Four Swindon schools have been recognised for their good practice in supporting children with dyslexia.
Oaktree, Brook Field, Nylands and Kingsdown schools have been working towards the British Dyslexia Association’s (BDA) Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark award over the last two after taking part in a two-year project funded by the Dyslexia-SpLD Trust.
Award celebration at Millbrook Primary School on 18 March, from left, Swindon Dyslexia Service advisory teacher Helen Curtis, Gretchen Dent from Brook Field Primary School, Dr Kate Saunders, chief executive officer, British Dyslexia Association, Alison Merk, Kingsdown School, Joanne Gregory, BDA quality mark development manager, Karina Gosling, Kingsdown School, advisory teacher Ian Abbotts
The Quality Mark provides a framework of support and understanding for schools so that children with dyslexia can build on their existing skills and talents and progress in their learning.
The framework ensures that staff have a good knowledge of the needs of dyslexic pupils and that the appropriate resources are available for each child. It is anticipated that the Quality Mark will lead to greater levels of achievement for all learners.
Thirty Swindon schools now have Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark
A total of 30 schools in Swindon have so far achieved the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark and Swindon Borough Council’s Swindon Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Service wants all schools to reach the standard.
Swindon’s work in tackling dyslexia has been recognised in a publication which outlines good practice in schools.
The Dyslexia Friendly Schools (DFS) Good Practice Guide, which was produced by the British Dyslexia Association (BDA), is a compilation of good dyslexia friendly practice from various agencies and authorities, including Swindon Borough Council.
Chapters taken from Swindon Borough Council’s Dyslexia Friendly Guidelines for the publication include: Supporting Children with Reading, Spelling, Handwriting and Maths Difficulties.
Cllr David Renard, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, said: “I would like to congratulate the four schools who have been working towards the Dyslexia Friendly Quality Mark as they have shown a real commitment to improving the learning experiences of the pupils in their care.
“Our Dyslexia/Specific Learning Difficulties Service do a great job and I’m sure, with their help, even more schools in Swindon will join the list of those that have been awarded the Quality Mark.”
For more information about the Dyslexia Friendly project and to find out more about the benefits of supporting dyslexic learners contact Gill Peachey, Millbrook Primary School Business Manager, on: 01793 872800 or email: admin@Millbrook.swindon.sch.uk
Swindon Viewpoint video from 1986
Swindon has a long history in developing dysexic friendly services. In 1986, a group of Swindon mothers approached the town’s community television station Swindon Viewpoint to make a film about how Wiltshire County Council (the authority responsible for social services at the time) was not recognizing their children’s dyslexia.
The women got the support of dyslexic actress Susan Hampshire, who presented the film ‘Dyslexia Rules K.O.’ which went on to influence council policy. Click to view the video