Cheltenham Bournside School joins in with Dyslexia Awareness Week

04 Oct

Cheltenham Bournside School is joining a national campaign, led by the British Dyslexia Association, to raise awareness about dyslexia amongst its students, staff and supporters, as well as promoting its learning support services to students who may need additional assistance to fully realise their potential.

Dyslexia Awareness Week (4th - 10th October) is an annual event aimed at further understanding dyslexia; what it means, what it is and what can be done to support people who have it.

Dyslexia is a difference in the brain that affects how it processes information. Research states that 1 in 5 of us are dyslexic and the classrooms of today can often inhibit dyslexic children and it can be a difficult place for them to thrive.

Leo Kelly, Lead Practitioner for CPD said; “We are a fully inclusive school and we believe that all students make good progress through high quality teaching, which has been carefully differentiated to the needs of individual students. As each student is unique, so is everyone’s experience of dyslexia. By raising awareness across the school, we hope to help to support our teaching teams to support our students.”

“This week, our Teaching and Learning staff newsletter leads with Dyslexia information. We are sharing this Made by Dyslexia video and promoting their free Dyslexia online training, alongside raising awareness and sharing resources with students during tutor time.

“The resources available from the British Dyslexia Association and Made by Dyslexia are fantastic for highlighting some well-known faces who students may not realise are dyslexic. It is important to remember that there are positives to thinking differently - it can create strengths in areas such as problem solving, verbal reasoning, creativity, and big-picture thinking. All of which are valuable attributes in today’s working world.”

Claire Penketh, Chair of the Gloucestershire Dyslexia Association said; "It's fantastic that Cheltenham Bournside School has so fully embraced Dyslexia Awareness Week by highlighting so many resources this week. Plus by giving staff the option to access specialist training from Made by Dyslexia as part of their ongoing professional development, children will benefit throughout their time at the school."

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